New hearings show Enbridge spill plans still leaky

BC Environment Minister Terry Lake is reported by the Vancouver Sun as saying Enbridge is making lots of promises on dealing with leaks and environmental risks, but isn’t providing much solid evidence or details. In a news release, Lake said Enbridge hasn’t determined how it can access parts of the pipeline in case of a spill and will not have a plan until within six months of operations.  See Vancouver Sun story: http://bit.ly/TgsXGW

In other reports on the hearings, Enbridge said there is always a risk of an earthquake or other hazard rupturing the pipeline, after being questioned by lawyers representing the Haisla First Nations.

Enbridge also could not say how long it would take to shut down the pipeline in the event of a leak, or how long it would take to shut down the 132 valves along the line. See CBC story: http://bit.ly/RplpMS

In earlier reports, evidence came out that Enbridge takes no responsibility or liability for the bitumen once it is loaded on to ocean-going tankers.