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Oil spill in NW Alberta

Posted by feww on May 16, 2011

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Major pipeline ruptures in Western Canada

28, 000 barrels of oil swamps a wetland area near native community at Evi, Alberta

Rainbow Pipeline’s oil spill, the worst Alberta oil spill since 1975, dumped at least 28, 000 barrels of oil into a wetland area at Evi, 12 km (7.5 miles) from Little Buffalo, Alberta, Canada on May 5, 2011. Photograph by: Greenpeace/ via edmontonjournal

The spill has reportedly caused the death of dozens of beavers and waterfowls.  Residents of the village of Little Buffalo have complained of dizziness and nausea, caused by the strong, obnoxious odor.

“In 2006, the line ruptured 10 km (6 miles) south of Slave Lake, Alberta, spilling 7,500 barrels of oil. Investigators said stress-corrosion cracking, fatigue cracking and external coating failure combined to cause the leak,” said a report.

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