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Fri Jan 16, 2015, 01:33 PM

Keystone XL prelim? 230,000 People Told Not To Drink Their Water After Diesel Fuel Spill In Canada

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http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/15/3612298/longueuil-do-not-drink-water-diesel-spill/

The 230,000 residents of Longueuil, a city just outside of Montreal, Canada, have been told that their tap water is unsafe to drink following a diesel fuel spill that leaked into the water supply.

According to media reports, 7,400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a city-owned wastewater treatment center in Longueuil, apparently due to equipment failure. Canada’s CBC News reported that the spilled diesel made its way into the sewers from a generator, eventually flowing into the river that supplies drinking water to the city.

The city told its residents on Wednesday morning not to drink their tap water, but then told residents later that afternoon that the water was safe to drink, according to a report from Global News. Then, after reports that residents could still smell diesel in their water, the city on Thursday again put a “do not drink” advisory in place.

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When the Keystone XL pops (as ALL pipelines do), and they poison the Ogallala Aquifer the number will be 2.3 million Americans that cannot drink the water.

It is complete insanity to allow Keystone XL. I keep hearing about ‘Climate Change’ as the reason to not build this suicide machine. This is important for the long term (maybe not so long term) however, there are very immediate, and ‘hand-to-mouth’ reasons, for not allowing this stupidity. These are centered around Fresh Water. Specifically the Ogallala Aquifer

Fresh Water is a requirement for survival,
Canadian Oil is not a requirement for survival.
Profits of Corporations and Billionaires are not a requirement for survival.
A few temporary jobs and 35 permanent jobs is not a requirement either – sorry to the 35
ALL Pipelines leak.
The Ogallala Aquifer
Crosses 8 states
IS the Fresh Water supply for 82% of the 2.3 Million people in the area
27 percent of the irrigated land in the United States overlies and uses the aquifer
Is about 30 percent of the ground water used for irrigation in the United States
It would take hundreds to thousands of years of rainfall to replace the groundwater in the depleted aquifer. Certain zones of the aquifer are now empty; these areas will take over 6,000 years to replenish naturally through rainfall.
Once this aquifer is poisoned
30% of the crop production of the United States will end – permanently.
Millions of people will be forced to abandon these areas and relocate.

There are probably many additional points to be made here, but the ones listed should be more than enough to make any rational person just a bit nervous. It scares the shit out of me.


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Reply Keystone XL prelim? 230,000 People Told Not To Drink Their Water After Diesel Fuel Spill In Canada (Original post)
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 OP
marions ghost Jan 2015 #1
KoKo Jan 2015 #2
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 #6
KoKo Jan 2015 #3
KamaAina Jan 2015 #4
marions ghost Jan 2015 #5
former9thward Jan 2015 #7
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 #14
former9thward Jan 2015 #17
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 #19
former9thward Jan 2015 #21
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 #22
former9thward Jan 2015 #23
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 #25
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 #26
former9thward Jan 2015 #27
WillyT Jan 2015 #8
Tierra_y_Libertad Jan 2015 #9
former9thward Jan 2015 #18
SidDithers Jan 2015 #10
Tom Rinaldo Jan 2015 #11
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 #16
Ferd Berfel Jan 2015 #15
Ilsa Jan 2015 #12
Takket Jan 2015 #13
Spazito Jan 2015 #20
SidDithers Jan 2015 #24

Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 01:42 PM

1. good post but

suggest to get Keystone into your title. Maybe you can still change it.

"Canadian diesel fuel spill affects water for 230K people--Keystone anyone?"

...or something like that

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 01:47 PM

2. Agree...Post would get more attention...

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 03:37 PM

6. Tx to both - Great idea - DONE

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 01:47 PM

3. Recommend...!

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 01:54 PM

4. Welcome to DU!

 

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 02:24 PM

5. K&R

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 03:58 PM

7. This was a city owned and operated facility poisoning the water supply.

Not a pipeline break.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 04:57 PM

14. It's about what oil does to your water supply.

Keystone is a significantly larger problem

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 05:05 PM

17. No, its not.

It would be one pipeline of hundreds. Where are they breaking?

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 05:17 PM

21. Then I guess we should shut down all pipelines, Right?

Should we also shut down all wastewater treatment plants since that is where the leak in the OP came from?

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Response to former9thward (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 05:19 PM

22. Fresh water is vastly more important than oil

done

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 05:22 PM

23. You are posting from a machine made from oil.

So, shut it all down, Right? Got it.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #21)

Tue Jan 20, 2015, 11:59 AM

26. Yep, that would be a good direction

You have seen the latest - right?


Ruptured Pipeline Pumps Tens of Thousands of Gallons of Shale Oil Along Yellowstone River

and the initial result:

Cancer-causing agent detected in water after pipeline spill


There WILL be additional horrors emerging with time, right?

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #26)

Tue Jan 20, 2015, 12:21 PM

27. Good, shut them off now.

Let the people in the Midwest and NE freeze to death.

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 03:58 PM

8. K & R !!!

 


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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 04:02 PM

9. I hope Keystone and the Oil companies weren't inconvenienced.

 

Obviously, the 230,000 people are "takers, not makers".

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 05:06 PM

18. Apparenty the city thought they were "takers"

The city poisoned the water supply due to their mismanagement.

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 04:03 PM

10. Q - What does a diesel fuel spill at a water treatment facility have to do with oil pipelines?...

A - Absolutely fucking nothing.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 04:20 PM

11. Potential Consequences

It is illustrative of the high stakes gamble represented by siting an oil pipeline over an aquifer that provides drinking water to millions, and unlike a river, petroleum products would there not be purged and cleansed over days weeks or months by a flowing river. The means of introduction of diesel fuel into the drinking supply of that city involved an infrastructure breakdown. All infrastructure runs a risk of breaking down. What happens to drinking water when an oil pipeline over an aquifer suffers an infrastructure breakdown? Water can become toxic in both cases.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 04:59 PM

16. zackly!

Thank you

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 04:58 PM

15. see #14 & #11

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 04:41 PM

12. Bottle the water and send it to Congress. nt

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 04:47 PM

13. "spilled diesel made its way into the sewers from a generator"

This means the fuel most likely came from a stationary tank the supplies the fuel to the generator, not from a transport pipeline.

Please do not construe this post as a defense of keystone....

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 05:16 PM

20. Using this spill to argue against Keystone XL dilutes the valid arguments against Keystone...

imo. This spill was not the result of an oil sands pipeline spill, it wasn't even a pipeline.

There are plenty of oil spills to use as examples of the dangers of Keystone, this is not one of them, imo.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 16, 2015, 05:22 PM

24. Exactly...

Remember ensho and his "Nuke Event" posts? And the links to that Hungarian disaster site?

This OP reminds me of all those threads.

Sid

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