The oil boom is alive and kicking in North Dakota where fracking has opened up huge new reserves of oil trapped in shale. Apparently oil spills are also kicking up a bit of a kerfuffle in North Dakota.
It seems fairly certain that as long as we gulp down barrels and barrels of oil each day, we are going to have pipelines and pipeline spills. There is a solution, admittedly not an easy one: get off the gasoline kick.
Last month, it was reported that TransCanada was in damage control mode concerning flaws in the newly laid southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline after dozens of anomalies, including dents and welds, were identified along a 60-mile stretch north of the Sabine River in Texas.
Louisiana has attracted some cleaner industries recently, but after natural gas prices dropped to ten-year lows this spring, chemical manufacturers are rushing to build and expand. Residents need those jobs but fear explosions and toxic emissions.
Do you know whether you live, work, shop or play near a high-pressure pipeline like the one that recently blew up in San Bruno, killing eight people, burning 60 more, destroying 120 homes and leaving a crater 40 feet deep?
Marine and terrestrial environments, as well as natural capital within Northern Gateway's footprint will clearly be put at risk from a pipeline or oil tanker spill if the project moves ahead. Will British Columbians take the gamble?