Five months (and counting) into CNRL spill, questions of why more wasn’t done after 2009 leak

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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.

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Alberta pipeline safety: Watching the watchers who watch pipeline-watchers

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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.

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Feds aim to calm public fears over pipeline safety

Anna Mehler Paperny and Leslie Young – Global News

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says new rules for pipeline companies make a safe system safer and the companies more accountable.

But even as he touted tougher penalties and expectations of corporate transparency, he said there’s no need for the National Energy Board to beef up enforcement or publish its own investigation and inspection reports.

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