The United States (US) National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a scathing report July 10, 2012 finds that Alberta-based Enbridge had poorly maintained a section of pipeline that ultimately spilled 20,000 barrels (nearly 3.2 million litres) of diluted bitumen from Alberta's oilsands into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan July 25, 2010.
Enbridge currently proposes to build a $5.5-billion, 1,177-kilometre Northern Gateway pipeline from the oilsands in northern Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia (BC).
The US NTSB report has only served to bolster already strong opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline [in Canada.]
"I think the company should be deeply embarrassed about what unfolded. If they think they're going to operate like that in British Columbia – forget it," said BC Premier Christy Clark.
In Alberta the NTSB report, and a spat or recent pipeline spills, prompted more than 50 provincial organizations representing a broad cross-section of Alberta's population to issue an open letter calling on Alberta Premier Alison Redford to establish an independent inquiry into pipeline safety in Alberta.
View July 25, 2012 United States (US) National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report
View July 12, 2012 Alberta Surface Rights Group/Council of Canadians press release
View July 11, 2012 Globe and Mail coverage
View July 11, 2012 Metro News coverage
View July 10, 2012 United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) press release
View July 10, 2012 Pembina Institute blog post
View July 10, 2012 CBC News coverage
View more information on Manitoba Wildlands Energy Development page
View July 13, 2012 Toronto Star article
View July 13, 2012 Vancouver Sun article
View July 13, 2012 Calgary Herald article
US NTSB, Globe and Mail, Alberta Surface Rights Group/Council of Canadians