Canada column for Sunday, July 31/16
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
The safety of oil pipelines remains a major concern after a major spill in Saskatchewan.
Cities and towns along the North Saskatchewan River were looking for other sources of drinking water after a Husky Energy pipeline spilled up to 66,000 gallons of oil into the river.
This happened just as public hearings are to begin on Aug. 8 on the proposed Energy East Pipeline.
“All of these incidents shake public confidence,” Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada, which wants to build the pipeline, said in an interview with the Canadian Press news service.
“There's no question that things like that cause people concern – and rightfully so,” he added.
TransCanada is also behind the Keystone XL pipeline that would have moved Alberta oil sands product across the U.S. but was rejected by President Barack Obama.
Energy East would be a $15.7 billion pipeline to ship 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan through Quebec and into New Brunswick.
It would supply Eastern Canadian refineries and provide oil for shipment overseas but is facing significant opposition from environmentalists.