There will be talking.
Nexen is investigating why its “failsafe” leak detection system failed to detect what turned out to be a massive spill that leaked 5,000 cubic metres of bitumen, sand and wastewater into an area of northern Alberta so remote the oil and gas company needs to build roads from scratch just to access the spill site.
July 17, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Melissa Ramsay, Global News
Oil and gas company Nexen’s automatic detection system didn’t detect a ruptured pipeline that resulted in a massive bitumen emulsion spill this week, senior vice-president Ron Bailey told reporters in Calgary Friday morning.
December 2, 2014 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Leslie Young, Global News
The 60,000 litres of crude spilled into northern Alberta muskeg last week is only the latest of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s operational accidents.
The federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelineis somewhat anticlimactic: It’s been expected since a Joint Review Panel gave the project a green light (with 209 conditions) late last year.
But now the gloves come off: A quintet of lawsuits seeking to overturn that review panel decision, put on hold in light of Ottawa’s pending decision, is poised to recommence, likely amid more litigation taking issue with the decision itself.
The federal Conservatives gave the green light Tuesday to one of the biggest energy projects out there – a $6.5-billion pipeline promising to open Alberta’s oilsands to the Asian market at the rate of more than half a million barrels a day.
But they seemed awfully sheepish about it.
March 5, 2014 – Global News
The company whose northern Alberta spills have been oozing bitumen for 10 months nonstop has asked the province to let it start high-pressure steam operations less than a kilometre away from one of the spill areas.
Sept. 27, 2013 – Global News
A series of spills in northern Alberta is still oozing bitumen more than five months after the leaks began. And with no end in sight, Alberta’s Environment Ministry has taken what it says is an unprecedented step, asking Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to partially drain an oil-soaked water body before it freezes this winter and traps a bitumen gash underneath it.
Anna Mehler Paperny – Global News
Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes has been getting a rough ride lately over his pipeline safety review.
Commissioned in July, 2012, completed in December and made public the following August, the 54-page report compared Alberta’s pipeline regulations to those of other jurisdictions. Turns out they stack up well.
It did not, however, look at whether those rules are being followed and enforced.
Nor did it look at any actual pipeline incidents.