Good thing I'm not the suspicious type but the news of this oil spill was suppressed since Friday. The oil spill was only noticed to be big enough to mention the day after the election.
Originally Posted by CBCNews
A pipeline break northeast of Peace River, Alta., has leaked 28,000 barrels of crude oil, during what is now considered to be one of the largest spills in the province's history.
The leak from the Plains Midstream Canada pipeline, discovered Friday,* was originally thought to have involved several hundred barrels of oil.
It now appears to be the biggest crude oil pipeline leak in Alberta since 1975, when a Bow River Ltd. pipeline leaked 40,000 barrels, according to Davis Sheremata, a spokesman for the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board.
*this bolding was added for emphasis.
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Eeesh, what a mess. They'll be quite a while cleaning that one up.
Yeah Mckitrick, they should have known about it right away...a pipeline break of that size would have immediately caused a material, unexplained pressure drop which would (should?) be noticed immediately by field operators.
I should clarify...IF the pipeline was suddenly leaking a significant volume, a material pressure drop would have occurred, in turn causing an alarm at the pumping station.
However, a small leak that slowly and gradually seeps and perhaps builds is much more difficult to detect. They can go undetected underground for days, even weeks before material balances start to show the problem.
28,000 barrels, the international standard for measuring oil quantities, wasn't sensational enough for the Edmonton Journal. Nope, they just had to convert it to litres to make it look as bad as possible: