Monday, January 30, 2012

What Enbridge will bring to coastal BC

Oil spill in Dalian, China, Boston Globe
July 2010, in the northeastern port city of Dalian, China, two oil pipelines exploded, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air and burning for over 15 hours, destroying several structures - the cause of the explosion is under investigation. The damaged pipes released thousands of gallons of oil, which flowed into the nearby harbor and the Yellow Sea. The total amount of oil spilled is still not clear, though China Central Television earlier reported an estimate of 1,500 tons (400,000 gallons), as compared to the estimated 94 - 184 million gallons in the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast. The oil slick has now grown to at least 430 square kilometers (165 sq mi), forcing beaches and port facilities to close while government workers and local fishermen work to contain and clean up the spill.
Traffic generated by Northern Gateway pipelines could include approximately 18 condensate and crude oil tankers per month, including four to five Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) with a capacity of 2 million barrels of oil or more. (Almost 100 million gallons.) These ships are about 1,155 feet long—the length of 3.5 football fields—and 200 feet wide.

So, the spill pictured above, estimated at 400,000 gallons, is about one-half of one-percent of the amount that would be carried through the world's most dangerous coastal waters in a single VLCC supertanker. Over time, even the small possibility of a spill on BC coast or on the lands transited by the two Enbridge pipelines becomes a certainty.

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  1. Yeah, except those tankers won't be loaded with relatively benign crude oil but "dilbit" or diluted bitumen instead. That's sludge laced with abrasives, acids, heavy metals and other toxins and carcinogens. Crude oil floats and can be broken down in wave action. Dilbit congeals and sinks to the bottom where it can remain, lea ching toxins, for generations. An oil spill is a calamity. A bitumen spill is a cataclysm.

  2. I totally agree with, The Mound of Sound.

    I too remember reading. The chemicals put into the tar oil to make it flow freely, are absolutely lethal. The chemicals are so corrosive, they eat the pipes into a fragile state, and then they burst. I also read, Enbridge doesn't clean up their spills either. Enbridge and their disaster of the Kalamazoo River, went on to contaminate other rivers, lakes and streams. All poisoned rivers, eventually find their way to the sea. Enbridge had a 1500 barrel spill in Wrigley N.W.T. at the time of the Slave Lake fires. Kinder Morgan, just had a spill in Abbotsford.

    Recently there have been a number of ships run aground and breaking up. The spill in New Zea Land, was a bad one. There have been rig explosions.

    However, all of that is ignored by, Harper, Alberta and China. Greed comes first. What good does money do, in a dead polluted planet? The dirty tar oil has the potential capacity, to do just that.

  3. Have you noticed that the people who made the decision - Joe Oliver, for example - spent their lives in the rich comforts of mansions in eastern cities? Their knowledge of the lands that would be affected come from flyovers in executive jets.



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