New web tool shines light on Oil Giant Enbridge’s sloppy record and damaging pipeline plans

Thursday Jul 12, 2012

Press Contact: Matt Brown, mattbrown@forestethics.org, 415-858-8576
Nikki Skuce, nikki@forestethicsadvocacy.org, 250-877-7762

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SMITHERS, BC – A new web tool launched by ForestEthics today gives users an interactive look at Enbridge, the oil company responsible for the worst pipeline disaster in US history. The company is proposing to build a pipeline through hundreds of salmon spawning streams to the pristine British Columbia coast, which would be subjected to polluting oil tankers for the first time.

The site, EnbridgePipedreams.org, allows users to watch videos and hear testimonials from opponents of the pipeline along the route from tar sands fields of Alberta to the BC coast. Users can read about Enbridge’s tarnished track record, including a 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River that ranks as the worst pipeline disaster in US history.

This week, the US National Transportation Safety Board chided Enbridge for the million-gallon spill in its report saying that the company knew of defects in its pipeline five years before the spill and did nothing to address the issue. The company was recently fined $3.7 million for the spill on top of over $750 million in cleanup costs.

“Enbridge has had catastrophic spills in flat accessible areas,” said Nikki Skuce, senior energy campaigner for ForestEthics Advocacy. “We can’t trust this company to build Northern Gateway through our wild salmon waterways and in remote, avalanche-prone terrain.”

The new web tool, designed by Free Range Studios, gives users a glimpse at Enbridge’s proposed 727-mile Northern Gateway pipeline, that would terminate at a coastal area of BC known for bountiful salmon fishing and unspoiled natural beauty. The project includes introducing hundreds of oil supertankers per year that would ply the dangerously narrow sea channels, and the renowned Great Bear Rainforest.

ForestEthics interviewed residents and stakeholders along the pipeline route for the multi-media presentation. A federal joint review panel is currently conducting hearings on the pipeline proposal.

“Opposition to Enbridge’s proposal is so strong in British Columbia because there’s too much at risk,” said Skuce. “Enbridge will never gain social license to operate in this remarkably beautiful part of the world.”

View the web site at: www.enbridgepipedreams.org.
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