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‘It won’t happen here’ is the likely Conservative defence for Northern Gateway pipeline

The Conservative government can’t be liking this US preliminary report too much on the Enbridge oil spill in Michigan:

Enbridge “employees performed like Keystone Kops” in addressing the spill, demonstrating “a culture of deviance,” whereby staff felt they could freely ignore company procedures and protocols. So lame was Enbridge’s response plan that staff allowed the spill to continue unabated for 17 hours, through three employee shifts. This, despite multiple alarms and a loss of pressure in the pipeline. Staff attempted two startups of the line after the oil spill had begun, pumping in yet more oil. This, of course, resulted in greater spill damage. The cause of the pipeline’s rupture […]

It takes a radical to know a radical

Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, is apparently mad that his government’s plan to dump an oil pipeline through some of British Columbia’s pristine wilderness and have oil tankers come through to pick it up (and why should anyone be concerned about that, right? Exxon Valdez… cough) has been slowed down by environmental review hearings and thousands of people wanting to comment on it (and presumably express their opposition to the plan). He’s taken to calling Environmental groups and others who oppose this as “radicals”.

Pressed on what he defines as radical, he came up with a remarkably good explanation:

In an interview on CBC News Network, Oliver said radicals […]

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