Articles on Enbridge

The following are articles from the media covering Enbridge.

First nations group rejects pipeline ownership offer

A key first nations group has rejected Enbridge’s offer to give aboriginal groups a 10-per-cent ownership stake in the proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline.

In its response to Enbridge, the Yinka Dene Alliance called the Calgary-based company’s offer a “desperate and disrespectful attempt to buy our support for this pipeline.”

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Proposed Northern Gateway pipeline threatens salmon

Enbridge is proposing to cross numerous salmon rivers with their Northern Gateway pipeline.

A pipeline failure could potentially release thousands of barrels of bitumen, creating a toxic barrier to fish passage.

On Aug. 1, 2000, the Plateau pipeline ruptured near Chetwynd, releasing 6,200 barrels of crude into the Pine River.

Biologists estimate 50 to 70 per cent of the resident fish, numbering in the tens of thousands, died as a result of the spill.

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WMU professor’s oil-spill impact study progressing

“I’m finding hydrocarbons with readings 10 times higher and that’s more than I expected,” he said. “Roughly anything below 50 parts per million is background (considered normal), but we’re seeing routinely 200 to 2,000 times.”
“No one’s looked at the state of residual oil,” he said. “As oil degrades, the breakdown products of the oil are going to be more water-soluble and that could make it into the groundwater.”

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Enbridge wants approval for more pipe replacements

The pipeline that spilled 840,000 gallons of oil in Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River will be replaced for a second time since the spill if Enbridge Inc.’s plans for 65 miles of new pipeline in Michigan go through.

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Hearing set on Enbridge pipeline replacement plan

A hearing has been set on Enbridge Inc.’s plan to replace more sections of a pipeline that leaked more than 800,000 gallons of oil in southern Michigan last summer.

The company wants to replace segments totaling 75 miles in Michigan and Indiana during 2012.

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Enbridge’s push to the Pacific wins support from China

Enbridge Inc. (ENB-T32.46-0.04-0.12%) has quietly garnered support from a powerful group of foreign interests for its controversial Asian export pipeline, as Chinese investors in Canada’s oil sands become increasingly bold in their ambitions to bring Canadian crude across the Pacific.

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Maine Groups Protest Canadian “Tar Sands” Project

The Natural Resources Council of Maine joined the Vermont Natural Resources Council and three Canadian environmental groups in asking the National Energy Board in Canada to deny a request from oil and gas giant Enbridge, Inc. to reverse the flow of crude oil in a portion of a pipeline that could eventually deliver crude oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, all the way to Portland, Maine.

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Enbridge Energy misses deadline for river clean-up

It’s been more than a year since around 800,000 gallons of oil leaked out of an Enbridge pipeline near Marshall.

The EPA wanted crews to have removed all submerged oil, oil sheen and oil-soaked soil by today.

However, Enbridge says the scope of the clean-up has expanded and there’s much more submerged oil than expected.

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Tar Sands Express – Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline or the Railway? Or Both?

In the third week of August 2008, two of the richest men in the world took a brief tour of the tar sands. As Warren Buffett (of Berkshire Hathaway) and Microsoft’s Bill Gates viewed the immense strip-mined bitumen fields and the vast infrastructure for tar sands development, much of the business press made it seem as though this was just another celebrity tour of a region that has seen many celebrities come to marvel at the size of the tires on the big yellow trucks.

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Ignoring Enbridge spill lessons, State Dept. claims Keystone XL rupture would not impact public health

The U.S. State Department’s long-awaited final Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline seems to overlook some of the lessons from last year’s Enbridge tar sands spill in Michigan.

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Yinka Dene Alliance to Enbridge: As IF

“Enbridge’s pipeline isn’t happening, period. It doesn’t matter who they get a deal with,” said Chief Larry Nooski of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, a member of the alliance, in a statement. “They plan to come through our territories and we’ve already said no, and we’ll use every legal means we have to stop them. Their proposed pipeline is against our laws because we refuse to put our communities at the risk of oil spills.”

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Vermont group says pipeline may carry tar sands oil through state

Tar sands oil is typically pumped at higher temperatures and pressures than traditionally extracted oil; it also contains more caustic and abrasive impurities. Those qualities increase wear and tear on pipelines, and are thought to be responsible for serious ruptures and spills in Alberta and Michigan.

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Enbridge sparks resignation

“I do not understand why a company like Enbridge is included in a forum that seems to focus on developing and supporting businesses that enhance and build local economies. It seems to me that the only reason Enbridge is included in this list of speakers is to promote, legitimize, and seek endorsement for their proposal, and I will not be a party to that.

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Enbridge touts support, others call it ‘hollow’

Under the agreements, would-be oil shippers are not obligated to send a drop of crude through the pipe. The oil producers and refiners that signed on to Gateway – a list of companies that Enbridge has declined to either identify or quantify – commit no money, no oil and receive no financial penalty for backing out. That prompted one lawyer who has analyzed the agreement to call Enbridge’s claims of commercial support “hollow.

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About 75 Kalamazoo River residents attend Battle Creek meeting on oil spill, get information on lawsuit

Joy Kinnley no longer can sit on her balcony. The smell of oil makes it unbearable.

“It’s terrible,” said the 55-year-old resident of Grande Pines apartments, near the Kalamazoo River. “I buy bottled water because I’m afraid to drink the tap water.”

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New Oil Pipeline Invading Canadian Rainforest

Environmental advocates are gearing up for an epic battle against their Canadian oil adversary, Enbridge, in an effort to thwart the construction of a pipeline set to run through British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.

MDCH releases study on contact with oil from Enbridge spill

In July federal environmental officials announced that submerged oil still covers 200 acres of river bottom, mostly near residential areas.

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Rumours of pipeline’s demise grow as speculation surrounds Enbridge

It’s impossible to divine anything concrete from the flurry of interesting chatter surrounding Enbridge’s embattled 1,100 km Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal. Alternate routes, Asian energy experts laughing at our stupidity, Enbridge as a straw man to help push through another pipeline to the US…Much of it coming via rumours, hypotheses, and veiled political innuendo.

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Overheard: Asia’s View of Alberta, Tar Sands and Pipelines

I ask: “Why shouldn’t the Canadians ship bitumen to Asia? Isn’t it a good idea to develop alternative markets?”

“Not in this case,” he replies. “The Gulf of Mexico coast is the only place in the world with any significant capacity for handling bitumen. That’s because it has refineries equipped to handle heavy oil from Venezuela. If the Asians buy any bitumen from Canada, they’ll insist on a very steep discount, because they’ll have to ship it to the Gulf of Mexico, too.”

“Enbridge is a pipeline company, not an oil company,” he replies, taking an even closer look at me. “They’ve promised to find a market, and nothing more. They don’t care if it’s at a discount.”

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Enbridge, TransCanada responsible for two-thirds of Canadian oil leaks

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has logged 100 different incidents and accidents on federally regulated Canadian oil and gas pipelines over the past two years, new documents reveal.

The log entries by investigators are dominated by two Albertabased companies, Enbridge and TransCanada, which are involved in nearly three quarters of the reported cases, including 21 incidents on the latter’s new multibillion-dollar Keystone pipeline, which launched the first phase of its commercial operation in June 2010

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Wrigley residents voice pipeline spill concerns

People in Wrigley, N.W.T., voiced their anger and frustration with Enbridge on Thursday for the way the company handled an oil pipeline leak near their community.

About 40 residents in Wrigley, a Dene community of about 100, joined Pehdzeh Ki First Nation Chief Tim Lennie and councillors as they met with Enbridge officials to discuss the pipeline leak and cleanup efforts.

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Enbridge: people right to be concerned says Clark

The topic of Enbridge Northern Gateway’s proposed pipeline running from Alberta to Kitimat was raised by Haisla Nation councillor Gerald Amos, who spoke of a tanker ban on the North Coast.

“Are you prepared to honour that and to support that, but as well as heed the advice and the concern of the 80 per cent of the British Columbians that are opposed and are concerned about this big project?” he said, to applause from the audience.

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ABC NEWS:  Hunt for the Rare Spirit Bears

A short documentary on ABC News about the struggle to protect the Great Bear Rainforest from the Northern Gateway Pipeline:

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Environment on our minds

… big budget cut to the federal Environmental Assessment Agency: $12.9 million, reducing its 2012/13 budget to $17.1 million from $30 million in 2011/12. And the agency is expecting to reduce its full-time staff by one-third.

… as Ottawa environmental lawyer Stephen Hazell put it in an interview with Minsky, the “level of non-renewable resource development activities in this country is just going insane. The agency has got more responsibility than ever in terms of managing the environmental assessments for all these big projects.”

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Minister’s support of Enbridge raises the ire of MP

It’s troubling to see a federal minister promoting a project that’s currently under review,You would think that Enbridge has enough lobbyists; they don’t need the Minister of Natural Resources shilling for them too,” said Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

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Dene chiefs oppose Northern Gateway pipeline

Dene chiefs in the North and Alberta have come out against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

The 35 chiefs say the pipeline that would carry oilsands crude from Alberta through B.C. to the coast at Kitimat would be too environmentally dangerous.

Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus says they are worried about pollution from pipeline spills, noting a recent spill from an Enbridge pipeline near Norman Wells.

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Exclusive: Feds recorded 100 pipeline spills and accidents since 2010

OTTAWA — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has logged 100 different incidents and accidents on federally regulated Canadian oil and gas pipelines over the past two years, new documents released to Postmedia News reveal.

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N.W.T. pipeline spill worse than first estimated

A crude oil spill at an Enbridge Inc. pipeline in the Northwest Territories last month is more extensive than officials originally estimated, the Calgary-based company said Monday.

Enbridge said it now believes between 700 and 1,500 barrels were released in the leak near Wrigley, in the western part of the territory, far beyond earlier estimates that said only four barrels had been spilled.

Enbridge Pipeline: Federal Minister’s Comments Undermine Independence of National Energy Board Process, Say First Nations

Mr. Oliver has stated to media during meetings of energy ministers in Alberta that the federal government is “supportive” of the proposed Enbridge pipeline, because it is “in the national interest.” He remarked that it is ultimately a political decision of the Harper cabinet that will determine whether or not the Enbridge pipelines are built. This contradicts previous statements by Harper ministers that the decision was up to the National Energy Board.

Time to Terminate TERMPOL

In the case of Gateway, the real deficiency in the process is that the project shouldn’t even be reviewed in the first place, since there is a longstanding moratorium in effect on tanker traffic in the Queen Charlotte Basin. But, tell that to the boys at the shipping branch of TC, who have been in cahoots with shippers so long they bend over backwards to please the industry. The shippers say “Jump!”, and TC says: “How high?”.

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