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I wrote this story during last year’s election, but everyone was too busy “Dougie Bashing” to pay much attention.
We were recently asked for more stories on the enviroment so I thought I’d bring this one back up.
Enbridge Corporation was in the news several times last year because of two major oil leaks, with a third being reported last September. Although the third leak, near Buffalo,N.Y., turned out to be a false alarm, it should serve as a warning to local officials.
The reported third leak was from Line 10 which originates in Westover, Ont (A “don’t blink or you’ll miss it” berg between Cambridge and Hamilton.) The 91 mile, 70,000 barrel per day (bpd ) pipeline was built in 1962, and runs from Westover to New York state. It runs through Puslinch, just outside of Cambridge.
Although it’s “out of the Cambridge jurisdiction” officially, if a break were to occur in the 50 year old pipe it would have a devastating impact on our area. The Beverly Swamp, Puslinch Lake, Mill Creek, Shades Mills, The Speed and Grand Rivers would all feel the repercussions, not to mention the groundwater in the area.
The track record of Enbridge is less than exemplary. Enbridge was forced to shut the 670,000 bpd Line 6A that sends crude from Canada to the Midwest due to a leak near Chicago. That leak spilled 6,100 barrels.
Another line, Line 6B, was shut in late July due to a spill in Marshall, Michigan that poured 19,500 barrels into the Kalamazoo river system.
It could happen here.
I am not being an alarmist. I’m not claiming the sky is falling; I’ll leave the “Chicken Little” prophesying to the environmental bloggers at other sites. This is a situation that few people are aware of, and awareness is the first step in avoiding a potential disaster.
What do you readers think?