The Tide Piper

Alberta Oil - - OBSERVER -

Pipelines are cen­tral to Canada’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and are uni­ver­sally re­garded as the safest and least en­vi­ron­men­tally tax­ing way to trans­port oil and gas. But pipelines are also easy tar­gets for anti-oil sands cam­paign­ers in Canada and abroad.

While re­cent pipe­line spills in Al­berta, in­clud­ing last year’s in­ci­dent on Nexen’s Long Lake sys­tem, have typ­i­cally been from gath­er­ing and feeder lines, it has been trans­mis­sion lines—the longdis­tance petroleum high­ways that cross provinces and in­ter­na­tional bor­ders—that bear the brunt of the blow­back.

When that hap­pens, CHRIS BLOOMER of­ten finds him­self an­swer­ing to—and ed­u­cat­ing— peo­ple on both sides of the pipe­line de­bate. And, as the CEO of the Cana­dian En­ergy Pipe­line As­so­ci­a­tion (CEPA) at a time when Canada is con­sid­er­ing three ma­jor Al­berta-to-tide­wa­ter pipe­line projects, he’s had no short­age of work as of late.

Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Cana­dian En­ergy Pipe­line As­so­ci­a­tion

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