Pipeline spills all part of business

Oil pipelines are bad for Canada. We need a change in thinking, in culture, in business. Fight for investment in renewable energy, speak out against oil companies that get richer while destroying our country.

PIPE UP Network


 Dear Editor,

A couple of weeks ago, a 65-year-old pipeline in Little Rock, Arkansas, broke, spilling more than 300,000 litres of heavy oil from the Canadian tar sands into local neighbourhoods. CNN described the product as a “smelly, asphalt-like crude,” and Exxon Mobil revealed that the pipeline had been transporting Wabasca diluted bitumen which is similar to the product that is transported by Kinder Morgan on their TransMountain pipeline that cuts through many neighbourhoods and near schools in the Lower Mainland.

Photos from the spill showcase the consequences within the small town and provide insight into the risks associated with transporting the product.

We extend our sympathies to the community of Little Rock, especially the people evacuated from their homes. The photos from this spill highlight the risks of transporting bitumen and the tragedy that ensues when a break happens.

More than 20 schools…

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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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