Wilf Adam, elected Chief of the Lake Babine Nation – January 17, 2012 – Burns Lake, B.C.
The Enbridge pipeline or Enbridge –or its companies has almost 160 pipeline spills since 2002 in the United States. In 2010 alone, Enbridge or one of its companies had a 20,000 barrel spill in Michigan and 7,500 barrel spill in Illinois and
an additional 3,700 barrel spill in North Dakota.
Even the smallest spill of the three spills is equivalent to 130,000 gallons of oil.
This next one is particularly important to me, personally. It’s that, in the summer, in June of this past summer, 2011, there was a spill up in Wrigley, Northwest Territories.
It was an undetected crack and a pin hole crack, I guess, because when I talked to Chief Tim Lennie from that area and we had a long talk about — about that spill up in the Northwest Territories and when I was talking to him, he and I came to the conclusion that, you know, when they’re talking to us, they’ll say that the pipelines are very safe and their new technologies but, you know, anything will be detected and taken care of.
When Chief Lennie talked to me, he told me it was him and other hunters that found that lake. They found it because it was burning their eyes and they could hardly breathe and that happened in June of this past year, and to this day they’re still taking the soil from that area.
And I asked Chief Lennie, “Are they still doing that?” “Yes, they are and it looks like they’re going to be there for another couple of years.” I find that very disturbing. I find that very troubling because my house is going to be less than 200 feet from that proposed pipeline. I don’t want this pipeline at all.
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