- Premier Alison Redford
Alberta continues to suffer from a rash of oil spills.
Enbridge's pipeline carrying heavy oil sands crude, spilled some 230,000 litres in eastern Alberta on Monday, June 18th. On June 7th, a Plains All American Pipeline spilled up to 480,000 litres into the Red Deer river threatening the drinking water supply of tens of thousands of Alberta. And on May 19th, Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. spilled over 100,000 litres of oil near Rainbow Lake.
Unfortunately pipeline spills are not a rare occurrence in Alberta. In 2010, the province averaged nearly two pipeline failures a day. Enough is enough.
Following the most recent oil spill to hit Alberta and the over 300 spills that Alberta has, on average, on an annual basis I am writing to you to express my concern and to urge you to:
Appoint an independent body to assess the state of pipeline safety in Alberta and to make recommendations regarding what improvements to oversight, regulations, enforcement and infrastructure are needed to keep Alberta safe.
In order to protect our water and all our communities I urge to appoint the independent review panel as soon as possible and to implement and follow its recommendations.