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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:13 PM

The Canadian Press May 31, 2012



RAINBOW LAKE, Alta. — Regulators and environmental officials are investigating the cause and repercussions of a serious oil spill in northwestern Alberta.
The Energy Resources Conservation Board says 22,000 barrels of oil and salt water have leaked into muskeg about 20 kilometres southeast of the community of Rainbow Lake.
ERCB spokesman Darin Barter says the oil well owned by Calgary-based Pace Oil and Gas has been shut down and crews are working to contain and clean up the spill.
Barter says the spill was first noticed by someone in an aircraft flying over the remote site earlier this month.
He says the oil and salt water is not near any lakes or rivers and no people live close to the area.
It's not immediately clear if the company will face any environmental or wildlife charges.
© Copyright © The Ottawa Citizen


Read more: http://www.ottawacit...l#ixzz1wW1e48qj



Closing the fresh water research facility, BIll C-38, and now this. Seriously, what happened?
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:18 AM

Maybe they're creating the oil sands of tomorrow? Leaving something behind for future generations?
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:43 AM

Rainbow Lake? lol

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:03 AM

Well....I guess the price at the pump will be up this summer....as if they needed an excuse to do so....


"This is the second major oil spill in Alberta in a year. Last year, the Rainbow pipeline, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spilled 28,000 barrels of oil into northern Alberta’s forests.
Also last year, Alberta-based Enbridge struggled with an oil leak from a pipeline in Michigan, after a two-vehicle collision damaged an above-ground portion of the pipe.
Regulators told the Herald that spills like the one at Rainbow Lake are infrequent, despite the large volume of oil that moves out of the province every day.
"These types of spills are rare," Darin Barter of Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board told the Herald."

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:40 AM

millions of cars leak oil on the roads everyday.

He says the oil and salt water is not near any lakes or rivers and no people live close to the area.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:29 AM

millions of cars leak oil on the roads everyday.

He says the oil and salt water is not near any lakes or rivers and no people live close to the area.


Well of course he said that...you honestly think that they're going to admit that they've caused yet another major oil spill?
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:38 AM

Well of course he said that...you honestly think that they're going to admit that they've caused yet another major oil spill?


It is a major oil spill - the only answer that remains is to the question "what is the impact on the envirnoment?"
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:52 AM

I'm pretty mad about this guys, so here I am voicing my displeasure online using my computer (made using oil), in my home/office (many products made from oil) and in fact I might even drive down (using gas) to City Hall and protest!!!

Yeah everyone loves what oil gives them but real mad when spills happen/what it does to the environment.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:15 AM

I'm pretty mad about this guys, so here I am voicing my displeasure online using my computer (made using oil), in my home/office (many products made from oil) and in fact I might even drive down (using gas) to City Hall and protest!!!

Yeah everyone loves what oil gives them but real mad when spills happen/what it does to the environment.


Well of course oil is essential for manufacturing many products that we use, but just because that's the case you're just going to write-off multiple spills? Gee, paper is an essential product that many people need to use, why don't we just cut all the trees down.

Bottom line, when you're producing oil in a careless manner such as this and when the government is loosening up on regulations to make sure oil companies operate in a safe manner then I'm going to complain as much as I want. I don't even want to think about the repercussions that the Enbridge pipeline will have on ecosystems in the Northern B.C when oil spills in Alberta happen so easily.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:25 AM

I'm pretty mad about this guys, so here I am voicing my displeasure online using my computer (made using oil), in my home/office (many products made from oil) and in fact I might even drive down (using gas) to City Hall and protest!!!

Yeah everyone loves what oil gives them but real mad when spills happen/what it does to the environment.


This is the most ignorant line of thinking from some people. It's quite frustrating. Using something does not mean you are a hypocrite for wanting that something's production reduced. You hear this idiocy all the time.

If you support bike lanes that must mean you hate cars and want them forbidden.
If you use anything made of oil you're a hypocrite for being against a massive oil pipeline.
and on and on it goes.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:26 AM

Well of course oil is essential for manufacturing many products that we use, but just because that's the case you're just going to write-off multiple spills? Gee, paper is an essential product that many people need to use, why don't we just cut all the trees down.

Bottom line, when you're producing oil in a careless manner such as this and when the government is loosening up on regulations to make sure oil companies operate in a safe manner then I'm going to complain as much as I want. I don't even want to think about the repercussions that the Enbridge pipeline will have on ecosystems in the Northern B.C when oil spills in Alberta happen so easily.

Careless? Funny you came up with that conclusion when no reason for the spill was given.

Every single manufacturing and production sector has accidents, oil unfortunately might have some of the largest impacts tho.

No oil company wants spills, not just because of enivronment fines, the cost of clean up is expensive and they lose money in damaged/lost product.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:48 AM

Mercury contaminating bird eggs in oilsands region: Environment Canada
BY MIKE DE SOUZA, POSTMEDIA NEWS MAY 31, 2012


OTTAWA - Environment Canada scientists have observed evidence of toxic contamination of wildlife upstream from Alberta's natural bitumen deposits that coincides with the oilsands industry's expansion, Environment Minister Peter Kent was told last summer.
According to internal documents obtained by Postmedia News, the government was urged to investigate recent scientific observations of a 40 per cent increase of mercury in bird eggs, considered to be a key environmental indicator of contamination of the natural ecosystems.
``Environment Canada has already undertaken contaminants monitoring in wildlife and that work is continuing,'' said an internal document outlining the government's communications plan for the launch of its oilsands monitoring initiative from last July. ``We have seen an increased exposure of mercury in bird eggs which is why more research is required to evaluate trends and sources of the contamination.''
The advice, released through access to information legislation, followed peer-reviewed research, led by Environment Canada scientist Craig Hebert, that reported a 40 per cent increase of mercury levels in California gull eggs from a Lake Athabasca colony between 1977 and 2009 - a period of significant growth for the oilsands industry. Hebert's research said that ``contamination from oilsands development (was) one possibility, but other external (mercury) sources must also be considered.''
When asked about the warnings, Kent said the government had ``great concerns'' about mercury contamination in all its forms, while noting that there was conflicting research about what was happening in the region. But he indicated the new federal monitoring plan, in partnership with the Alberta government, would examine all impacts of the oilsands industry on water, air and biodiversity in the region's ecosystems.
He explained some recently announced federal cuts to scientific research on industry's environmental footprint, including the Experimental Lakes Area which allowed scientists to examine impacts of human activity on watersheds and lakes, are part of a shift of government resources toward Western Canada.
Kent noted that the research at the Experimental Lakes Area, ``greatly aided development of the acid rain treaty (with the United States) 21 years ago, but we haven't got the same sort of accumulated deep and broad data that we need from the oilsands.''
``So as part of our oilsands monitoring, a lot of our science is now going to move westward to continue that same sort of work in accumulating the same sorts of scientific data.''
The federal government estimated last summer that its new oilsands monitoring program would cost about $50 million per year, but Kent indicated, at the time,he expected the industry to cover the costs.
Kent also urged NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, who visited the oilsands on Thursday, to keep an open mind about the industry and region, and consider all factors - including the impact of natural seepage of bitumen into the Athabasca River watershed for centuries.
``Open-pit mines are not attractive in any context, anywhere in the world,'' Kent said after delivering a speech at a fish-and-wildlife conservation conference. ``But where they can be responsibly remediated, they can be responsibly developed.''
Kent said he hoped Mulcair would consider points of view from both the Pembina Institute, an Alberta-based environmental think-tank that has suggested some aspects of oilsands expansion are hurting the Canadian economy, as well as the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a think-tank that touted the benefits of expansion of Canada's oil and gas industry.http://www.canada.co...0175/story.html

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:55 AM

Mercury contaminating bird eggs in oilsands region: Environment Canada
BY MIKE DE SOUZA, POSTMEDIA NEWS MAY 31, 2012


OTTAWA - Environment Canada scientists have observed evidence of toxic contamination of wildlife upstream from Alberta's natural bitumen deposits that coincides with the oilsands industry's expansion, Environment Minister Peter Kent was told last summer.
According to internal documents obtained by Postmedia News, the government was urged to investigate recent scientific observations of a 40 per cent increase of mercury in bird eggs, considered to be a key environmental indicator of contamination of the natural ecosystems.
``Environment Canada has already undertaken contaminants monitoring in wildlife and that work is continuing,'' said an internal document outlining the government's communications plan for the launch of its oilsands monitoring initiative from last July. ``We have seen an increased exposure of mercury in bird eggs which is why more research is required to evaluate trends and sources of the contamination.''
The advice, released through access to information legislation, followed peer-reviewed research, led by Environment Canada scientist Craig Hebert, that reported a 40 per cent increase of mercury levels in California gull eggs from a Lake Athabasca colony between 1977 and 2009 - a period of significant growth for the oilsands industry. Hebert's research said that ``contamination from oilsands development (was) one possibility, but other external (mercury) sources must also be considered.''
When asked about the warnings, Kent said the government had ``great concerns'' about mercury contamination in all its forms, while noting that there was conflicting research about what was happening in the region. But he indicated the new federal monitoring plan, in partnership with the Alberta government, would examine all impacts of the oilsands industry on water, air and biodiversity in the region's ecosystems.
He explained some recently announced federal cuts to scientific research on industry's environmental footprint, including the Experimental Lakes Area which allowed scientists to examine impacts of human activity on watersheds and lakes, are part of a shift of government resources toward Western Canada.
Kent noted that the research at the Experimental Lakes Area, ``greatly aided development of the acid rain treaty (with the United States) 21 years ago, but we haven't got the same sort of accumulated deep and broad data that we need from the oilsands.''
``So as part of our oilsands monitoring, a lot of our science is now going to move westward to continue that same sort of work in accumulating the same sorts of scientific data.''
The federal government estimated last summer that its new oilsands monitoring program would cost about $50 million per year, but Kent indicated, at the time,he expected the industry to cover the costs.
Kent also urged NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, who visited the oilsands on Thursday, to keep an open mind about the industry and region, and consider all factors - including the impact of natural seepage of bitumen into the Athabasca River watershed for centuries.
``Open-pit mines are not attractive in any context, anywhere in the world,'' Kent said after delivering a speech at a fish-and-wildlife conservation conference. ``But where they can be responsibly remediated, they can be responsibly developed.''
Kent said he hoped Mulcair would consider points of view from both the Pembina Institute, an Alberta-based environmental think-tank that has suggested some aspects of oilsands expansion are hurting the Canadian economy, as well as the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a think-tank that touted the benefits of expansion of Canada's oil and gas industry.http://www.canada.co...0175/story.html


Not that I'm disagreeing - but it sounds like finger pointing - after all, how does mercury flow upstream? Just the way they worded it...in other words...it's noting to do with anything "leaking" - it's just the area in general as birds fly in, fly out.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:11 PM

Careless? Funny you came up with that conclusion when no reason for the spill was given.

Every single manufacturing and production sector has accidents, oil unfortunately might have some of the largest impacts tho.

No oil company wants spills, not just because of enivronment fines, the cost of clean up is expensive and they lose money in damaged/lost product.


And yet they keep on going with less and less regulations. Not all the blame is to be solely directed at the oil companies, this government has been doing a terrible job to keep these companies accountable for their actions (again I reiterate, Bill C-38).

There have been multiple oil spills as stated in the article posted by Heretic and this particular one went un-detected for days. That is pretty careless by my standards. I understand, all these manufacturing companies have their accidents but you don't just let them off the hook, they did something wrong and in this case, they've done the "wrong" several times.

Look, I'm not a tree-hugging nitwit who thinks oil is pure evil. It's great, same thing with plastic. But the way were producing it is starting to cause several problems and its already caused many more in the states. The point I'm making is that we're not doing a good job to make sure that we don't run into the issues that the states were faced with.

EDIT: sorry for all the random bolding, don't know what's going on...

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:55 PM

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:44 PM

Keep focusing on the oilsands stupid idiot enviromentalists
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:16 PM

and another....

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:46 PM

And we wanna take on this sort of risk in BC for what reason? To benefit Alberta? No thanks.

People wwho are for oil pipelines really need to learn how to weigh risk and rewards.
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:57 PM

Risk: Some animals you don't see might die prematurely.

Reward: You get to drive.


Buy electric before preaching to me about the environment. Cheers.


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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:58 PM

way to go, government... revenue can't cover the cost of environmental damage
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:24 PM

Risk: Some animals you don't see might die prematurely.

Reward: You get to drive.


Buy electric before preaching to me about the environment. Cheers.


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Risk: Some animals you don't see might die prematurely.

Reward: You get to drive.


Buy electric before preaching to me about the environment. Cheers.


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It's that kind of primitive thinking that keeps people from changing their ways.

The truth is, until enough pressure is put on governements to demand change, there's no real options for alternatives. You say just go out and buy an electric car, but not everyone has $30,000 to just go out and get a new car. And it's simple for you to say, just stop driving, but not everyone has that luxury.

Driving a car and wanting change in the way we consume oil doesn't make you a hypocrite. We have technology, that alows us to have both, but not enough initiative is being put forth by the government because it's just easier to keep doing things the way we've done them for the past hundred years. Unfortunately that attitude will keep the human race from advancing as a species.

And you're mising some costs there. It's not just about animals. It's about the costs that will impact our forestry, fishing and tourism industries; which trump the oil industry in terms of revenue for this province. Again, it's about weighing risk and reward, which you're making WAY too simplistic.
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:28 PM

Okay, then go ahead and 'push the government.' See how far you get. Cheers.


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Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

Okay, then go ahead and 'push the government.' See how far you get. Cheers.


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Okay, then go ahead and 'push the government.' See how far you get. Cheers.


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That's the sad thing about people today. Everyone's too passive because we're all distracted by new exciting technology like Ipads and glasses that do everything for you.

That's why I respect people in Montreal, they'll protest over anything. Unfortunately people's belief that they can enact change have been crushed by governments in most of North America.
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:17 PM

Okay, then go ahead and 'push the government.' See how far you get. Cheers.


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Utterly amazing to me that someone would say that.

Putting pressure on gov't IS HOW CHANGE IS ACHIEVED.

Pop another TV dinner in your microwave and choke on it!!!
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:54 PM

Very nice. I suggest you all send emails to your MP's. I've sent like 5 so far and they all come back with garbage non-sense. I'll probably call my MP in the next few days.
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:51 AM

That's the sad thing about people today. Everyone's too passive because we're all distracted by new exciting technology like Ipads and glasses that do everything for you.

That's why I respect people in Montreal, they'll protest over anything. Unfortunately people's belief that they can enact change have been crushed by governments in most of North America.


that will be our downfall if we let the idea that one person cannot make a difference prevail .history has shown us that one person can be the catalyst for change and we need more people to stand up for what they believe in .
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:52 AM

Third oil spill fuels calls for Alberta pipeline review


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Environmental critics are calling for a major review of pipeline safety in Alberta after the province experienced a third large oil spill in a month.
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About 230,000 litres of heavy crude oil spilled from a pumping station on an Enbridge Inc. pipeline onto farmland, Alberta’s oil and gas regulator, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), said Tuesday.

The regulator said 1,450 barrels of oil spilled from a pumping station on Enbridge’s Athabasca pipeline, 24 kilometres from Elk Point, Alta., a small town roughly 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton. That pipeline, briefly shut down but then restarted Tuesday, connects the oil sands with Hardisty, Canada’s most important crude oil hub. The spill comes while crews are still working to clean up two other large leaks in Alberta, nearly 800,000 litres of oil from a Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. well about 200 kilometres from the Northwest Territories border, and 160,000 to 480,000 litres from a Plains Midstream Canada pipeline that ruptured beneath the Red Deer River.

Environmental groups are now seizing on the confluence of accidents, which includes another massive spill from a Plains pipe last year, to call for an expansive look at pipeline safety in Alberta.

“Given the significant number of pipeline spills in recent months, Alberta should conduct a review of the integrity of Alberta’s pipeline system,” said Simon Dyer, policy director with Alberta’s the Pembina Institute. “Pipeline spills are inevitable but the risks can be reduced through stronger regulation and practices.”

The ERCB defended the province’s rules. “Alberta has a fairly strong safety record of pipeline safety regardless of the recent incidents,” spokesman Darin Barter said. “I couldn’t speculate on whether the province should or shouldn’t call any sort of review of pipelines because I know our pipelines, at this point, we consider to be adequate.”

In 2010, the province averaged nearly two pipeline failures a day, spilling 9,350 litres. Mr. Barter said Alberta’s record may look ugly compared with other areas because it demands all incidents be reported.

He acknowledged, however, that “there’s also room to improve and we’ll be looking at everything in front of us. But at this point, the ERCB is confident its regulations are protective of public safety.”

Enbridge, in a statement, blamed “a failure of a flange gasket” for the spill and said “there is no risk to public health or safety.”

Pipeline safety is a critical issue for Alberta, as its government mounts a major domestic and international initiative to convince people in British Columbia and the U.S. that a series of new oil sands pipelines – including Keystone XL and Northern Gateway, an Enbridge proposal – can be built without causing environmental damage. That has made the subject of spills a touchy one that officials have sought to play down.

On Tuesday, for example, Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development said the recent spills are not necessarily cause for alarm, noting they happened in different parts of the province.
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Enbridge Elk Point Spill Pumps About 230,000 Litres Of Heavy Crude In Alberta
CP | By The Canadian Press Posted: 06/19/2012 6:46 pm Updated: 06/20/2012 1:49 pm

ELK POINT, Alta. - There's been another oil spill in Alberta, this time northeast of Edmonton.


The Energy Resources Conservation Board says the leak of heavy crude oil happened Monday at a pumping station on Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Athabasca pipeline about 24 kilometres southeast of Elk Point.


Enbridge estimates about 230,000 litres has leaked, but the ERCB's Darin Barter said Tuesday that amount hasn't been confirmed.


"It's a significant size spill," said Barter. "Any amount of crude oil out of a pipeline is significant to us. Obviously we've had a number of pipeline incidents in the past short while and we're monitoring cleanup on them and we have a number of investigations underway."


Barter said the pumping station — a 12-year-old facility which is in the middle of a field — has been isolated. He also said the oil has not spilled into any waterways, nor were there any evacuations or injuries due to the leak.


"There's absolutely no waterways, there's no water, there's no standing water, it's on dry land," he said. "The company is actually on the scene and they're cleaning up the spill now. We''ll remain there for as long as we need to be until our comfort is achieved in cleanup operations."


Enbridge said in a news release that the cause of the leak appears to be a failure of a flange gasket. It said as soon as it detected the leak, it notified civic authorities and other regulatory agencies.


But Steve Upham, reeve of the County of St. Paul, where the pumping station is located, said as of Tuesday night he hadn't received any notification.


Upham said he was aware of the spill only through media reports.


"I don't think anybody in the county, at this point, has been notified," he said.


Asked if he should have been contacted by Enbridge, Upham said: "I would have thought so. Or Alberta Environment, because they would be notified, I think. We've heard nothing from anybody."


Enbridge said immediately after the leak was detected, the pipeline was shut down. It was restarted again Monday afternoon, but the company was ordered by the ERCB to shut it down again Tuesday afternoon.


"Enbridge is in discussion with the ERCB to determine the appropriate time for a restart of the line," the company said.


The leak is the second major spill in Alberta this month. Up to 475,000 litres of oil leaked from a pipeline owned by Plains Midstream Canada into the Red Deer River and flowed into Gleniffer Lake earlier this month.


People with homes on the man-made lake say the company still can't say for sure how long the cleanup will take. The Alberta government says it is monitoring water on the river and the lake twice daily at 21 different sites. It says trace levels of hydrocarbons have been detected beyond the containment booms on the lake, but that the levels are well below the province's drinking water guidelines.


The province is still advising people not to draw water directly from the river or lake, and it's telling people not to swim or fish in the lake, either.


"Once again Albertans are left to deal with the toxic effects of yet another pipeline spill in Alberta," said Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema.


"How many spills does it take before Alberta Premier Alison Redford does something to protect our water and all our communities? At minimum, we need an independent assessment of Alberta's pipeline safety to show the deficits in management, oversight, enforcement and infrastructure."


Enbridge is proposing to build a pipeline that would stretch from Alberta to the B.C. coast and transport oilsands oil. The Northern Gateway pipeline is in the midst of public hearings and is encountering a lot of opposition amongst First Nation groups.


Enbridge operates about 24,613 kilometres of crude pipeline, delivering on average more than 2.2 million barrels per day of oil and liquids.


— By Mary Jo Laforest in Edmonton


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Third oil spill fuels calls for Alberta pipeline review


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Greenpeace denied Edmonton billboard space for oil spill ad


SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING AND ADVERTISING REPORTER

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Pattison Outdoor has denied Greenpeace Canada the space on one of its billboards in downtown Edmonton – and handed the activist group a much bigger free PR opportunity.
On Friday, the company, which owns billboards and other ad space on public transit and in malls and airports, advised Greenpeace Canada that it had rejected its ad about oil spills in Alberta.
Greenpeace had booked the billboard space earlier in the week and submitted the design on Wednesday. Pattison rejected it two days later without giving the organization its reasons for doing so.

The bright yellow billboard design included black text that read “When there’s a huge solar energy spill, it’s just called a nice day. Green jobs, not more oil spills.”

The ad was a response to the recent oil spill near the town of Sundre, Alta. It was designed to draw attention to the problem of oil spills, and to encourage premier Alison Redford to appoint an independent body to investigate the safety of the province’s oil pipelines, said Mike Hudema, a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada in Alberta. A recent study conducted by Saskatchewan’s provincial auditor found problems in that province with enforcing regulations over pipeline safety.

“It’s something that unfortunately is a recurring theme here in the province,” Mr. Hudema said. “We have aging pipeline infrastructure.”

The billboard was booked to go up this Sunday, June 24, and run for a week, at the corner of Jasper Avenue and 106 St. NW in downtown Edmonton. It would have cost Greenpeace $2,800 for the week, plus tax, Mr. Hudema said.

When contacted for comment, Pattison Outdoor vice-president of marketing Joe Donaldson explained that the company often does not comment when asked for reasons behind such decisions, and pointed out that Pattison is a privately-held company. The firm is Canada’s largest out-of-home advertising company, and is owned by Vancouver-based Jim Pattison Group.

“Pattison’s official statement is ‘no comment’,” Mr. Donaldson wrote in a follow-up e-mail. Mr. Donaldson did not respond when asked whether anything in Greenpeace’s account was incorrect.

Greenpeace has had its ads rejected in the past. Last year it ran an online campaign for supporters to design ads spoofing a campaign by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) to promote the oil sands. It announced the winner in May, 2011 and plastered posters of the ad around Ottawa. An attempt to buy space for the ad in bus shelters was rejected by Clear Channel Outdoor, said Greenpeace climate and energy campaign co-ordinator Keith Stewart.

Last year’s rejection was understandable because it attributed a quote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that he did not say, Mr. Stewart said, but he added that rejections are relatively rare because Greenpeace does not like to spend money designing ads if they will not see the light of day.

Pattison has accepted Greenpeace ads in the past. In 2009, it ran a billboard that took its inspiration from a well-publicized series of bus ads run by an atheist group declaring “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Greenpeace’s version read, “There’s probably no cod. Now let’s stop overfishing & think of the future.”

Greenpeace has deliberately courted controversy through its advertising in the past. In 2010, the U.K. branch of the organization attracted attention for a graphic online ad that accused candy producers of killing wildlife through their use of palm oil in products. It spoofed Kit Kat’s “Have a break” commercials.

Getting an ad rejected can often be the fastest route to greater publicity, which is why companies often take advantage of the buzz around the SuperBowl to claim their ads were banned from the broadcast. Ashley Madison, a dating website for people who want to cheat on their spouses, and Web-domain registering service and lowest-common-denominator advertiser GoDaddy.com have used this strategy more than once. Their ads often include elements that would normally have little chance of passing broadcast standards.

But Greenpeace’s Mr. Hudema says the organization was surprised its ad was rejected, given the relatively tame content of the billboard design. However, he is hoping its rejection will spark further discussion.

“We are encouraging people to circulate the ad,” he said. “If Pattison doesn’t want to run it we can at least get the awareness out.”

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