I have a lot of questions about the colonial legacy of Canada’s controversial $3.9 billion Trans Mountain pipeline, but one question has always stuck with me: What happened to the oil from the pipeline?
The answer, according to a recent CBC News investigation, is: nothing.
In fact, the oil and gas company says it will be sold at auction this summer.
The CBC’s investigation found the company did not sell any of the oil for at least 18 years after its creation.
It also uncovered that the company had never exported the oil, and it wasn’t until after the company began selling the oil in 2014 that it began shipping it overseas to Asian markets.
But as the CBC report points out, it has been the pipeline’s backers who have claimed it has a history of environmental damage and environmental harm to Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada’s Northwest Territories, and that the pipeline has been a massive contributor to global warming and environmental devastation.
“It is a lie,” said Bill Goguen, an environmental scientist with the Northwest Territories Environmental Research Unit.
“We have no documentation whatsoever of any environmental damage.
We have a very clear history of this pipeline being the cause of a number of spills and problems, including serious ones.”
Gogusen is among those who have called for the pipeline to be scrapped.
“If they have a problem with it, they should stop it,” Goguzen said.
“I think we need to stop the pipeline right now.”
According to a 2017 report from the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), the pipeline caused “more than 500 spills and damage to land and water.”
The pipeline also caused “tremendous damage to the environment,” including a “significant increase in fish deaths and the extinction of species in the region,” according to the report.
In 2017, a Greenpeace investigation found that more than one third of the land along the pipeline route was polluted with oil.
The IENN said the pipeline also contributed to the “excessive pollution of rivers and streams,” which “led to an increased rate of fish deaths in many rivers and caused a large number of fish to die off.”
Environmental activist and filmmaker, James Anning, said he was “astonished” by the company’s response to the IENNs report.
“What happened to this company?
And if they’re not going to fix it, why aren’t they doing something about it?,” Anning said.
I understand the frustration of people in the pipeline, because they want to stop it and they want it stopped.
But this company has been an oil company for a long time.
Why aren’t we taking action now?
“I understand the frustrations of people [in the pipeline], because they wanna stop it.
But if they don’t do something about this, what’s next?” he said.
The pipeline is now under review by the Federal Department of Environment and Climate Change (EDCC), which said it is examining the spill and the environmental impacts.
According to the EDCC, it was the “full responsibility” of the company to respond to the spill, but it is “under review by provincial regulators” and is “looking into the environmental impact and other potential impacts on environmental protection.”
According the EDC, it is not required to do so.
Annex III: TransCanada’s history of offshore pipeline spills in Canada article TransCanada has a long history of spills, including the 2014 Deepwater Horizon spill that killed 11 people, the 2010 Line 3 spill that destroyed the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, the 2012 Exxon Valdez spill that caused one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history, and the 2012 Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline leak in the U.K. That’s according to TransCanada spokesperson Michael Hsieh, who told CBC News in an email that the leak was the result of “a faulty test.”
The company has also said that it is working to address the environmental damage from its Keystone XL pipeline, and “talks to the parties that operate and operate in our environment” to find solutions to problems, Hsie.
TransCanada is currently under investigation by the U,S.
Department of Justice over its failure to adequately address the effects of its Keystone and Enbridge spills.
Hsieb said that the investigation is focused on the pipeline.
“The company is reviewing its spill response and environmental effects to determine how best to move forward with a plan that meets all parties’ needs,” Hsieu said.
He added that TransCanada continues to engage with the federal government to “help address issues related to environmental impacts on oil and natural gas pipelines.”
TransCanada said it has taken a number steps to improve the environmental management of its oil and energy infrastructure.
Trans Canada has improved oil pipeline spill response, improved pipeline management, improved monitoring of spills to reduce potential spills and improve the response to oil spills, and has increased training for its pipeline crews.
“Our pipeline crew is trained to respond and work with oil spills to prevent and respond