Oil pipeline critics have more ammunition as a major Canadian oil company was once again hit with another leak.
An Enbridge pipeline carrying crude oil from Alberta to refineries in the Chicago area leaked 1,200 barrels, or around 190,000 litres, over the weekend in Wisconsin. The leaky portion of the pipeline is set to be replaced Monday, but the replaced pipe likely won’t allay the fears of B.C. residents and other critics of the $6-billion Northern Gateway pipeline project.
The spill comes almost two years to the day since a major leak into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. After an investigation into the 2010 spill, a U.S. federal agency harshly criticized Enbridge’s slow response and lack of due diligence in maintaining the older line.
With Enbridge attempting to push forward its Northern Gateway project carrying oil straight to West Coast, the new spill is another strike against the Calgary-based company.