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Actualité - Juin 2012
Pull Statoil out of the Alberta star sands
Why this is important
The Norwegian government owns 2/3 of the shares in the national oil company Statoil, but refuses to act on their ownership. The Norwegian government sits on the sideline while Statoil involve themselves in tar sands exploitation in Alberta. The ecological consequences - both locally in Alberta, and globally, measured in climate impact - are disastrous.
The History of Oil Pipeline Spills in Alberta, 2006-2012
Late Thursday evening on June 7, 2012, the Sundre Petroleum Operators Group, a not-for-profit society, notified Plains Midstream Canada of a major oil pipeline failure near Sundre, Alberta that spilled an early estimate of between 1,000 and 3,000 barrels of light sour crude oil (~159-477 cubic metres) into Jackson Creek, a tributary of the Red Deer River. The river is one of the province’s most important waterways, providing drinking water for thousands of Albertans.
This recent spill occurred just weeks after another oil pipeline burst in Alberta in late May, spilling an estimated 22,000 barrels of oil and water (~3,497 cubic metres) across 4.3 hectares of muskeg in the northwest part of the province near Rainbow Lake. According to the Globe and Mail, this rupture, which occurred along a pipeline operated by Pace Oil & Gas, Ltd., “ranks among the largest in North America in recent years,” and certainly in the province of Alberta. A couple of weeks after the accident, the company downgraded the estimate to 5,000 barrels of sweet crude oil with no water (~795 cubic metres).