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Improving Pipeline Monitoring and Spill Response


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February 9, 2017 by John Nicholson

As reported by the Canadian Press, Alberta’s research and development agency, InnoTech Alberta, has a new program in the works that aims to improve pipeline monitoring and spill response by enlisting more indigenous people in the effort.  Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipe criss-cross the province — much of that near where First Nations and Metis people live.

InnoTech Alberta, a branch of Crown corporation Alberta Innovates, is hoping to soon launch a feasibility study into the proposal.  The study would include the design of a Pipeline Monitoring 101 training curriculum and a study of potential jobs for participants.

Byron Bates with the Fort McMurray 468 First Nation in northeastern Alberta says it sounds like a good idea.  His community experienced first-hand the impact of a spill when a pipeline operated by Nexen burst in 2015.  But he says without the oil and gas sector, the community would be living in poverty.

(Photo Credit: Kyle Bakx/CBC)

 


John Nicholson

John Nicholson

John is a cleantech and environmental expert with over 25 years of experience. He is a registered professional engineer and has a Masters degree in environmental engineering.
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