Coming Soon to a River or Beach Near You

It’s just a measly 4 barrels of oil … oops actually it’s 90 barrels… umm we think…

The Canadian Press, On Friday June 3, 2011, 9:08 pm EDT
By The Canadian Press

WRIGLEY, N.W.T. - Enbridge says more oil leaked from its pipeline in the Northwest Territories than it reported.

Company spokeswoman Gina Jordan said the original estimate of oil that leaked from its Norman Wells System approximately 50 kilometres south of the community of Wrigley, N.W.T., was four barrels.

Jordan said Friday that Enbridge (TSX:ENB) cleanup crews have so far removed about 90 barrels of oil since the spill on May 9.

She said third party experts were trying to determine more accurately determine subsurface contamination, and once that was complete a revised estimate of the size of the release can be determined.

Jordan says the leak has had no impact to the Willowlake River and the company continues to monitor the area.

She says the cause of the leak and when the cleanup will be finished are unknown…

The Norman Wells pipeline transports nearly 40,000 barrels per day of sweet crude oil to Zama, Alta., and was officially opened in May 1985.

Kevin Menicoche, the MLA for Nahendeh, has said he’s concerned for the residents who live at the mouth of the river and for the safety of the water and animals. … 7.html?x=0