Enbridge Oil Pipelines Blasted by US DOT and by BC Natives

Enbridge, Inc., owner and operator of “the world’s longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system, located in both Canada and USA including the pipeline that leaked into the  the Kalamazoo River and the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline that would carry Alberta tar sands bitumen oil to a new BC port, was in the new for another pipeline rupture in the US and the increased opposition the proposed pipeline through BC is facing.  For details see the articles, below:

(Reuters) – The U.S. government blocked Enbridge Inc from restarting a key Midwestern oil pipeline on Tuesday, saying last week’s spill on the line was “absolutely unacceptable.”

 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood blasted Enbridge over the leak of more than 1,000 barrels of crude oil in a field in Wisconsin, which shut its 318,000 barrel per day pipeline on Friday.  Federal regulator Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of LaHood’s department, delivered a corrective order to Enbridge on Tuesday, prohibiting it from restarting Line 14 until it can show regulators it has met safety standards.

(Vancouver Globe and Mail) – B.C. natives willing to ‘go to the wall’ against Enbridge pipeline:

The proposed Enbridge pipeline is the largest issue ever faced by B.C.’s aboriginal community, native leader Stewart Phillip declared Monday, as he vowed a long, protracted fight, including blockades and mass protests, against the project, if it is allowed to proceed.

“Our people are prepared to go to the wall against this. There is no doubt about that,” warned Grand Chief Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. “There is absolutely no way we will tolerate a project that would violate the environmental integrity of our traditional territories along the pipeline route and along the B.C. coast.”

In addition to the proposed Enbridge pipeline

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is operating the 1,150-kilometre (710 mi) long Trans Mountain pipeline system from Edmonton, Alberta to terminals and refineries in central British Columbia, theVancouver area and the Puget Sound region in Washington.[15] The company is planning to double the pipeline’s capacity up to 600,000 barrels per day (95,000 m3/d).[16] According to Kinder Morgan, expanding the existing pipeline is cheaper than Northern Gateway and it avoids opposition as experienced by the Enbridge’s project.[17]

Competing for Alberta oil for pipeline transport to existing or new West Coast ports is Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, who currently operate the 1,150-kilometre (710 mi) long Trans Mountain pipeline system from Edmonton, Alberta to terminals and refineries in central British Columbia, theVancouver area and the Puget Sound region in Washington.[15] The company is planning to double the pipeline’s capacity up to 600,000 barrels per day (95,000 m3/d).[16] According to Kinder Morgan, expanding the existing pipeline is cheaper than Northern Gateway and it avoids opposition as experienced by the Enbridge’s project.[17]

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