Enbridge assessment abandoned under new Act


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Enbridge assessment abandoned under new Act

The Line 9 Reversal Phase I Project by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. is the first of many ongoing federal reviews that will likely end under the watch of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEEA), which conducts some 5,000 reviews each year, the vast majority of which involve the study of low-level threats to the environment, the federal Minister of the Environment recently revealed.

As of July 6, 2012, the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 came into force, leaving the environmental assessment responsibility squarely in the hands of the provinces, unless a substantial risk to the environment is identified.

Minister of the Environment, Peter Kent, expressed these thoughts on changes to the assessment process in a written response to questions raised by Liberal environment critic Kirsty Duncan.

“…Ninety-nine per cent of which are for small projects with little or no risk to the environment," Kent wrote about the federal assessments.

The plan for Enbridge involves an August 2011 application to the National Energy Board (NEB) to reverse the flow of crude oil in its pipeline spanning from its Sarnia Terminal to the North Westover Station in southwestern Ontario. Due to a change in market demand, the adjustments would allow the company’s oil to flow eastward.

According to the CEEA’s notification about the abandoned assessment, it notes the following regarding the Enbridge proposal:

“All proposed work would take place on existing Enbridge facilities and surface leases, with no planned ground disturbance along the pipeline right-of-way itself,” the update says.

However, environmentalists are wary of abandoning the assessment on the heels of a recent $3.7-million civil penalty against Enbridge for a 2010 oil spill in Michigan, which leaked more than 3.03 million litres of crude oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo Riverand a tributary creek.

In addition to that concern, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a strong series of recommendations to Enbridge Ltd. in a July 11, 2012 report about the probable cause of the 2010 spill. Before it pursues new projects, the board warned Enbridge to revise its integrity management program, as well as its emergency response procedures and spill detection measures, to name just a few recommendations.

One of the most controversial aspects of the 2010 spill involved allegations that Enbridge failed to detect the pipeline rupture for 17 hours after it happened during a scheduled shutdown.

Some environmental groups, such as MiningWatch Canada, have started petitions to encourage people to write to their local MP or federal Minister Kent, to express concern over the loss of an environmental assessment tool that’s been working well, they say, ever since 1995.

“Don’t trash the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act!” says MiningWatch Canada in its online template letter to public officials. “This law is critical to understanding and mitigating the adverse environmental effects of developments such as pipelines, tar sands projects, and mines.”

“Eliminating legal requirements and limiting public participation in project reviews makes environmental disasters such as BP’s Deepwater Horizon, Exxon Valdez, and Fukushima more likely,” the letter continues. “I know that you don’t want catastrophes like these to happen in Canada.”

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 includes time-saving measures such as consolidating the number of organizations responsible for assessments from more than 40 to three: the CEAA, the NEB, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Also, timelines for hearings and assessments would be set at 24 months for panel reviews, 18 months for NEB hearings, and 12 months for standard environmental assessments.

On the CEAA website, it describes the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 as an “updated, modern approach that responds toCanada's current economic and environmental context.”

Despite the end of the old federal assessment process, the NEB must still continue its review of the oil flow reversal request. During February 2012 hearings about the Enbridge proposal, Gaétan Caron, the chair and CEO of the NEB, said the request goes beyond simply reversing oil flow.

"There is some amount of facilities being proposed and it is the wish of Parliament that any facilities applied for be approved or denied by the National Energy Board. So we don't have discretion in that respect," Caron told the committee, when it was suggested that the government was meddling unnecessarily in corporate decisions.

The Enbridge pipeline was originally built in 1975, at the request of the government, to take Western Canadian crude to Montreal refineries. But the oil flow was reversed 13 years ago to bring imported oil into Ontario. Now, speculation has begun to consider that what has essentially become a re-reversal of the oil flow, will eventually mean an expansion all the way back to Montreal.

Enbridge assessment abandoned under new Act | HAZMAT Magazine
 
Mowich
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L Gilbert
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lmao Whatta wonderful day. It's got loads of laffs.
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involve the study of low-level threats to the environment, the federal Minister of the Environment recently revealed.

As of July 6, 2012, the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 came into force, leaving the environmental assessment responsibility squarely in the hands of the provinces, unless a substantial risk to the environment is identified.

Enbridge? Low-level environmental threat? rofl

http://thecanadian.org/item/1589-moran-dam-enbridge-danger-focusing-economics-over-environment-rafe-mair-robyn-allan

http://www.ntsb.gov/news/2012/120710.html
 
damngrumpy
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Enbridge is a company that doesn't give a damn about anything but the money.
The present government doesn't give a damn about anything but the money
Do we really need to say anything more?
 
taxslave
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Logically this will save money for everyone. There is no reason to do an environmental assessment to change the direction oil flows in an existing pipeline except create jobs for bureaucraps. That is like having to take your car in for a safety check because you rotated the tires. Now if they were building a new line it would be different perhaps. But there is still no reason to have two levels of government do assessments on the same project.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Gerri View Post

Except of course that enbridge had an epic fail in detecting a leak and trying to figure out how to clean up oil sands oil which sinks to the bottom.


No need to worry "slave" you don't live anywhere near the problem.

And an environmental assessment will fix that exactly how?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Gerri View Post

Where along the pipeline there could be risks and how to manage those while developing strategies to combat further probable issues with the type of crude within said line.


Given what has happened don't you think something should be done?

Did you even bother to read the article before you start trolling?
All they are doing is reversing the oil flow in an existing line.
 
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Interesting.

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The Enbridge pipeline was originally built in 1975, at the request of the government, to take Western Canadian crude to Montreal refineries. But the oil flow was reversed 13 years ago to bring imported oil into Ontario. Now, speculation has begun to consider that what has essentially become a re-reversal of the oil flow, will eventually mean an expansion all the way back to Montreal.

 
TenPenny
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Quote: Originally Posted by Gerri View Post

So, given recent problems I see no issue to examine the line and where in runs.


If it were in my back yard I'd expect the same concern.

What problems do you expect from reversing the direction of oil flow?
 
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Enbridge assessment abandoned under new Act


However, environmentalists are wary of abandoning the assessment on the heels of a recent $3.7-million civil penalty against Enbridge for a 2010 oil spill in Michigan, which leaked more than 3.03 million litres of crude oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo Riverand a tributary creek.

In addition to that concern, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a strong series of recommendations to Enbridge Ltd. in a July 11, 2012 report about the probable cause of the 2010 spill. Before it pursues new projects, the board warned Enbridge to revise its integrity management program, as well as its emergency response procedures and spill detection measures, to name just a few recommendations.

One of the most controversial aspects of the 2010 spill involved allegations that Enbridge failed to detect the pipeline rupture for 17 hours after it happened during a scheduled shutdown.

You gotta watch you don't fall into the trap of the "Cat jumping on the hot stove syndrome"

Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

What problems do you expect from reversing the direction of oil flow?

Having to flow up hill when it's gotten used to flowing down hill!
 
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Did you even bother to read the article before you start trolling?
All they are doing is reversing the oil flow in an existing line.

Ideologues don't need to read up on anything in which they are self-appointed experts.... They are all knowing and all seeing - just ask 'em, they tell ya.

Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy View Post

Enbridge is a company that doesn't give a damn about anything but the money.
The present government doesn't give a damn about anything but the money
Do we really need to say anything more?

Well, considering that you really haven't said anything, I suppose that it would be customary to say a little more.
 
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New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plotted 'Behind Closed Doors'
Oil giants lobby tar sands plan behind closed doors while denying their intention


A new ****ysis released today by national and regional environmental groups shows that US oil giant Exxon Mobile and Canada's Suncor hold a majority stake in a pipeline system that local residents along its route fear could soon be used to transport tar sands from western Canada to the New England coast.

The central concern of the report (pdf) surrounds a 2008 proposal by Canadian oil giant Enbridge to reverse the flow of existing east-to-west oil pipelines that would allow transport of tar sands oil—categorized by many as the "dirtiest oil in the world"—from Alberta to the deepwater harbor of Portland, Maine.


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Groups: New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plotted 'Behind Closed Doors' | Common Dreams




 
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A new ****ysis released today by national and regional environmental groups shows that US oil giant Exxon Mobile and Canada's Suncor hold a majority stake in a pipeline system that local residents along its route fear could soon be used to transport tar sands from western Canada to the New England coast.


... And why would Exxon or Suncor feel compelled to invite any lobby groups into the discussion?

The rules/regulations are already set by the various (applicable) provincial, state and federal gvts
 
JLM
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The only discussions that matter are the ones concentrating on getting Christy's approval.
 
captain morgan
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It's a federal issue... Don't need Christy's approval for anything
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by tay View Post

New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plotted 'Behind Closed Doors'
Oil giants lobby tar sands plan behind closed doors while denying their intention


A new ****ysis released today by national and regional environmental groups shows that US oil giant Exxon Mobile and Canada's Suncor hold a majority stake in a pipeline system that local residents along its route fear could soon be used to transport tar sands from western Canada to the New England coast.

The central concern of the report (pdf) surrounds a 2008 proposal by Canadian oil giant Enbridge to reverse the flow of existing east-to-west oil pipelines that would allow transport of tar sands oil—categorized by many as the "dirtiest oil in the world"—from Alberta to the deepwater harbor of Portland, Maine.


more


Groups: New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plotted 'Behind Closed Doors' | Common Dreams




When did Canada get some tar sands? Last I heard there was a possibility of shipping oil east through an existing pipeline but no mention of moving tar.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

It's a federal issue... Don't need Christy's approval for anything

Until it reaches the B.C. border!
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

Until it reaches the B.C. border!

I'm not too sure the provincial government has any real say in the project. Posturing by BC politicians is largely vote buying at home for next May.
 
captain morgan
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Clark's biggest threat to date has been to suggest that BC hydro will refuse to supply power to the p/l.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

I'm not too sure the provincial government has any real say in the project. Posturing by BC politicians is largely vote buying at home for next May.

Personally I'd like to see it. There is no way it is going to be 100% safe, but neither is walking to the can for a piss. I want to see it, but after every reasonable precaution has been taken and with the blessing of First Nations. I think even that is possible if approached properly and they are listened to, and can prosper from it and are given a hand in running aspects of it. Sure a major earth quake could upset the apple cart but probably no more extensive than an earthquake on the lower mainland.
 

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