ORDER FROM THE MESS: How many more barrels will be spilled?

3,000 barrels more I see. Wow they really have this pipeline business under control.

3,000 barrels more I see. Wow they really have this pipeline business under control.

Of course we’d like one in our backyard too. We love oily black waters, our creeks, rivers and lakes are fine.

Oil comes from the earth so of course it’s not going to have any damaging effects. It’s all natural.

Right?

If you said this to an oil executive they would no doubt agree. The world is their garbage dump and wherever they spill oil, oh well!

Patch the hole and turn the line back on, we’re losing money here.

If you haven’t heard there was another loss of oil production the other day, 480,000 litres spilled into a small creek near Red Deer, Alberta and quickly made its way into the Red Deer River.

Plains Midstream Canada’s pipeline cracked a leak and within minutes oil was everywhere.

But this is normal, shit happens, right?

These companies have monitoring and shutoff valves, so everything is taken care of. Or so the public is led to believe.

It wasn’t the monitoring that alerted Plains Midstream to the spill, it was local residents and businesses that saw bubbling in the water and on closer inspection realized the nauseating gas was really fumes from crude oil.

What would have happened if the residents near the spill didn’t realize there was a spill, I wonder?

It’s an ever frightening thought that these spills continuously happen and oil companies aren’t being held accountable.

Do we need another BP, Gulf of Mexico scenario before policy makers and governments make it illegal for oil giants to allow their pipelines to rupture?

Government  enforcement is seldom seen in a situation like this and that needs to change.

It’s clear oil spills have become a huge problem in the past decade.

There’ve been more than 100 oil spills greater than 1,000 tonnes of oil since the year 2000. As time goes on it seems these spill are happening more frequently than ever before.

Probably because we are moving more oil than ever before because we’re continuing to panic to find energy for out-of-control consumption.

I think to ensure oil companies are taking all the precautions necessary we need to lobby our public officials for stricter consequences for when oil companies let oil spill into our streams and waterways.

They arrest people for assault, when harm is caused to another human, unprovoked.

When these companies fail to transport their harmful products successfully and spill hundreds of thousands of liters of oil into our environment, this is an assault on all of us. The perpetrators should be dealt with accordingly. Anything less is unacceptable.