A reader sent me this and, I confess, I was surprised at how many spills occur with pipelines. The Keystone tar sands pipeline is an even dumber idea than I had realized. I also draw your attention to the fact that the people leading the movement to stop this pipeline are the pre-Columbian peoples (First Nation people in Canada, Native Americans in the U.S.) They are up in arms because the pipeline crosses their lands. Given the number of incidents that occur it is not hard to understand their passion in this issue.
Alberta, Canada is basically a petro state. Oil and gas production rule everything and it’s happening everywhere in the north of the province. Pipelines criss cross most of Alberta. As a result, leaks of wells, facilities and pipelines are a constant thing all over the province.
But we Canadians almost never hear about them. Our main media, CBC, does not provide any coverage of the many, many spills and gas releases that happen every month, nor the efforts to clean up the messes. They’re simply not considered news…at least not on the scale of disasters like some attention grabber showing up at the War Memorial on Remembrance day in uniform and bedecked with medals..none of which (uniform included) belonged to him. The guy is under arrest for impersonating an officer.
But back to the non news. It seems someone is taking notice. West Coast Native News (WCNN) has been quietly…