Just Keep Spilling
There are spills and then there are spills. From the limited information released by media, it is often difficult to judge the severity of toxic releases in real time. Some events do stand out, such as BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill, which in the summer of 2010 released more than half a million tons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. But the fact is, mining and fossil fuel industries involve complex operations spanning large areas and transport distances. Thus, to some degree, we must accept that spills are inevitable.
Given this eventuality, it is the responsibility of industry and government to not only ensure that all necessary prevention mechanisms are in place, but that proper emergency response strategies and resources exist. This is why, as an Albertan, I am disappointed time and time again in the face of both the number of such events and the lack of appropriate response by industry and government in my province. An earlier article of mine focused on an oil spill earlier this year in northern Alberta. Here is another recent severe release, this time from a coal mining operation near the town of Hinton in the west of the province.
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