More oil is pumping out of pipelines and into the wilds of Alberta this week. The Canadian Press reported earlier this week that a pumping station northeast of Edmonton, Alta., sprang a leak sending 230,000 litres, or approximately 1,446 barrels, of oil into the wilds.
According to a spokesperson for Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board, the leak did not pose any significant impact to the surrounding environment. According to his statement to the Canadian Press,
“There’s absolutely no waterways, there’s no water, there’s no standing water, it’s on dry land,” he said. “The company is actually on the scene and they’re cleaning up the spill now.”
Good for Enbridge. Doesn’t it make you feel great that there are still people in this world who will actually clean up a mess they are responsible for creating? Not like that guy at your party who fills the toilet bowl and surrounding linoleum with a sick mixture of feces and vomit, and then disappears silently into the night.
This latest spill comes hard on the heels of two other spills within the past 30 days. The first, which took place in May, saw 22,000 barrels pumped into the muskeg of northern Alberta before anyone even noticed the pipeline was leaking. More recently, a pipeline leak dumped over 2,000 barrels into the Red Deer river system.
All told, that’s almost 25,000 lost barrels of oil in the past month. Now, it’s summertime, and I want to get out to a lake and get onto a boat and do some serious fucking rumbling.
Forget the environmental impacts. What I want to know is how are these latest spills going to hit me at pumps, huh? Sure as shit Enbridge and their buddies aren’t going to foot the bill themselves. Not a chance. The costs of lost revenues and reclamation will clearly be borne by the consumer. And that really grinds my gears.Canadian Press/Huffington Post