Category Archives: Pollution

A worker places containment boom on the Kalamazoo River to contain an oil spill from an Enbridge Energy pipeline on July 28, 2010. The spill was the largest of its kind in the US. The Nexen Energy spill in Alberta, Canada, last week was bigger than the Kalamazoo spill. Jim West/Zuma

So-Called ‘Failsafe’ Pipeline Leak Detection System Failed in Massive Alberta Tar Sands Spill

By Zoë Schlanger 7/20/15 By the time a contractor spotted a burst in the wall of an Alberta tar sands pipeline on July 15, a spill was already well underway. In a public apology on Friday, the pipeline’s owner, Nexen Energy, announced the spill was contained, but the cause, and the length of time it had been […]

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