Canada oil spill on native land came from Tundra Energy pipeline

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By Alastair Sharp | TORONTO

TORONTO Jan 26 Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd on
Wednesday confirmed its pipeline was the source of a leak of
some 200,000 liters (52,830 gallons) of crude oil onto
aboriginal land in Saskatchewan that was discovered by a member
of the community last week.

“An excavation of the release site has confirmed Tundra
Energy Marketing Ltd as the operator of the pipeline,” the
company said in a statement, adding that it was working with
regulators and the Ocean Man First Nation indigenous group to
determine the cause.

The provincial government said on Tuesday that it will be
investigating how long the spill went unnoticed and what
leak-detection measures were in place at the site, some 140 km
(87 miles) southeast of Regina.

It said on Wednesday that it hoped to send the affected
section of pipeline for testing on Thursday, and that 174,000
liters (45,970 gallons) of oil had been recovered and 185 cubic
meters (240 cubic yards) of soil had been removed from the site.

The spill was discovered just days before U.S. President
Donald Trump signed executive orders that will move forward two
controversial oil pipelines that have long been the target of
opposition from indigenous and environmental groups, and could
embolden protests against pipeline projects on both sides of the
border.

The leak occurred on a feeder artery of the more than
1,600-km- (994-mile-)long southeast Saskatchewan pipeline system
that Tundra, part of Canadian grain trading and energy
conglomerate James Richardson and Sons Ltd, purchased from an
affiliate of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc late
last year.

“The spill confirms the worst fears of indigenous
communities and environmental organizations and no doubt
strengthens their resolve to resist and fight back the approved
Kinder Morgan and Line 3,” said Rauna Kuokkanen, an associate
professor of political science and indigenous studies at the
University of Toronto.

The federal Canadian government in November approved Kinder
Morgan Inc’s hotly contested plan to build a pipeline
from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast and Enbridge
Inc’s replacement of Canadian segments of its aging
Line 3 from Alberta to Wisconsin.



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