Just Keep Spilling

Aerial view of the Deepwater Horizon spill

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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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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