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A backgrounder on the risks of the Trans Mountain pipeline and the plans for expansion through Chilliwack

QUICK FACTS May 2012 The Trans Mountain pipeline was built in the early 1950s, but has been owned and operated by Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. since 2005. It begins in Edmonton, Alberta and then crosses the Rockies and 98 streams and rivers … Continue reading →

Kinder Morgan spills in Southwestern BC

The following are the known spills in Southwestern BC since Kinder Morgan purchased the pipeline from Terasen Gas.

  • Abbotsford, January 24, 2012: A pipeline rupture at the Sumas Tank Farm in Abbotsford occurred earlier this year, spilling approximately 110,000 litres of tar sands crude. People living in the area reported odours, nausea, headaches, and fatigue.


1. A Comprehensive Guide to the Alberta Oil Sands

Understanding the Environmental and Human Impacts, Export Implications, and Political, Economic, and Industry Influences

2. The Impact of Tar Sands Pipeline Spills on Employment and the Economy

A Report by Cornell University global labor institute
Cornell University Impact-of-Tar-Sands-Pipeline-Spills

3. NRDC Tar Sands Safety Risks

Description of tar sands bitumen and the problems and risks of its transport. Note table comparing diluted bitumen and crude oil on p.6.

NRDC Tar Sands Safety Risks

4. Canada’s TAR SANDS – What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know

Co-published by ForestEthics , Environmental Defence and the Wilderness Committee

5. What can happen when in-situ Tar Sands mining goes wrong

The in-situ method will eventually account for about 80 per cent of the oilsands extractions. Uncontrollable tar sands spills that have been spilling into the environment near Cold Lake, Alberta for months and CNRL (Canadian National Resources Ltd.) and the Alberta and Canadian government are unable to stop them. The uncappable spills are just going to keep spilling.

Check the current status on the CNRL spill counter

6. Kalamazoo River tar sands spill

National Transportation Safety Board. 2012.  Enbridge Incorporated Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Rupture and Release,  Marshall, Michigan,  July 25, 2010.  Pipeline Accident Report NTSB/PAR-12/01. Washington, D.C.

Abstract: On Sunday, July 25, 2010, at 5:58 p.m., eastern daylight time, a segment of a 30-inch-diameter pipeline (Line 6B), owned and operated by Enbridge Incorporated (Enbridge) ruptured in a wetland in Marshall, Michigan. The rupture occurred during the last stages of a planned shutdown and was not discovered or addressed for over 17 hours. During the time lapse, Enbridge twice pumped additional oil (81 percent of the total release) into Line 6B during two startups; the total release was estimated to be 843,444 gallons of crude oil. The oil saturated the surrounding wetlands and flowed into the Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. Local residents self-evacuated from their houses, and the environment was negatively affected. Cleanup efforts continue as of the adoption date of this report, with continuing costs exceeding $767 million. About 320 people reported symptoms consistent with crude oil exposure. No fatalities were reported…

Full report




Without oil refineries, our current transportation system would not function. Refineries produce the
vast majority of the energy we use for moving people and things from one place to another.
Refineries are also one of the most hazardous parts of our transportation system, especially to the already vulnerable segments of our society. Minority communities and the poor, the young and theold, and those suffering from diseases that affect their heart and lung systems—these are the groups that already pay most dearly for our current dependence upon reneries for transportation fuel. And
these are the same people who are now facing additional health costs because of the growing rela-
tionship between U.S. refineries and Canada’s tar sands.

Full Report

8. Rebutting industry’s arguments against due dilligence for tar sands pipelines – NRDC

In response to growing public concerns about the safety of tar sands pipelines and the risks that tar sands spills pose to their communities, industry lobbyists at the American Petroleum Institute (API) and its surrogates have been busy making the argument that industry’s plans to transport millions of barrels of tar sands on the U.S. pipeline network requires no due diligence. The Kalamazoo tar sands spill in Michigan tragically demonstrated the consequences industry’s failure to evaluate the safety risks of the pipeline transport of tar sands diluted bitumen – after more than two years and nearly a billion dollars in cleanup cost, officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have found that nearly 40 miles of the Kalamazoo river is still contaminated by submerged tar sands. In the face of a public increasingly concerned by proposals to build tar sands pipelines like Northern Gateway through British Columbia, Keystone XL through the Ogalla aquifer to the Gulf Coast, and the Enbridge’s pipeline through Canada’s eastern provinces and New England, industry lobbyists have been making a number of disingenuous arguments to avoid doing due diligence. But their arguemnts simply do not withstand close scrutiny.

Let’s take a closer look:
Full Article

9. MORE BANG FOR OUR BUCK – How Canada Can Create More Energy Jobs and Less Pollution

BLUE GREEN CANADA is an alliance between Canadian labour unions, environmental and civil society organizations to advocate for working people and the environment by promoting solutions  to environmental issues that have positive employment and economic impacts. The alliance is based upon the realization that a future sustainable economy must provide good jobs and protect the environment, not one or the other.
This report is the first in a series of reports exploring some of the less-examined aspects of Canada’s resource development and the global transition to a green economy. These reports are part of Blue Green Canada’s contribution to the discussions of a Canadian energy strategy.

Full Report

10.  Big Oil’s Oily Grasp – The making of Canada as a Petro-State and how oil money is corrupting Canadian politics

The making of Canada as a Petro-State and how oil money is corrupting Canadian politics” released Tuesday by the Ottawa-based Polaris Institute found that six main oil industry players, including Enbridge and TransCanada, met with federal cabinet ministers 53 times between September 2011 and September 2012, the period when the business-friendly Bill C-38 — which guts environmental legislation — was being designed.

During this same time period, only one meeting between a federal cabinet minister and an environmental organization took place (Greenpeace met with Joe Oliver in March, 2012).

Full Report

11. Climate Prosperity – National Roundtable on Environment and the Economy

Framing the Future: Embracing the Low-Carbon Economy outlines the potential economic opportunity for Canada as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy. It emphasizes Canada’s existing strengths and identifies areas for action aimed at developing a strong, resilient, and less carbon-intensive Canadian economy.

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  1. […] the track record of Kinder Morgan, we believe that their pipeline may be another Kalamazoo waiting to […]


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