March 2017, Vol. 244, No. 3


Canadian Leak Raises Questions about Detection Systems

CALGARY, Alberta – Clint Big Eagle says the whiff of oil permeated the frigid Saskatchewan air for about a week and a half before he decided to pull over and investigate. “The kids are all, ‘It’s a terrible, ugly smell. What is that?’“ Big Eagle said in an interview. That turned out to be a 200,000-liter pool of crude coating a frozen pond, a few hundred meters off the road on Ocean Man First Nation territory. “That’s an incredible amount of oil not to keep accounted for,” he said. The pipeline spill, discovered on Jan. 20, is under investigation by the Saskatchewan government which said it will try to determine why the pipeline’s leak-detection system did not flag the leak. Tundra Energy

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