Reports of second spill untrue: ERCB

Reports of second spill untrue: ERCB by Victoria Paterson, July 3, 2012, Mountain View Gazette
Don Bester of the Alberta Surface Rights Group said he’d also heard about an alleged release on June 23. “All the facts are going to come out in court,” Bester said. The Alberta Surface Rights Group is one of 17 groups that placed an ad in various Alberta newspapers calling for the government to initiate an independent review of pipeline safety. “It’s happening too many times,” Bester said. “It’s quite obvious the government is just going to pass over this again.” … Landowners have lost trust in the government and regulatory bodies, and an independent study is the best way to get an accurate report on pipeline safety, Bester said. “It’s been lobbied for years and years to deaf ears.” Along with the Alberta Surface Rights Group, the 16 other associations on the ad calling for the independent study include the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, the National Farmers Union, and the Sierra Club Prairie Chapter. … A Plains Midstream employee referred the Gazette’s request for an update on the pipe being pulled out of the river to a June 18 news conference. The same employee said company officials are not commenting on either the alleged second spill on June 23 or the $85-million lawsuit that has been launched against Plains Midstream Canada regarding the leak.

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