Big Oil and the Trudeau government insist that the transportation of oil by pipelines is safe, but experience continues to contradict them.
In the last 12 years, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, which manages one of the largest petroleum pipeline networks in the U.S., has had 61 incidents, 12 of which have been in Indiana. These incidents include a recent spill of 42,000 gallons of diesel fuel into an Indiana creek. In the same week in which that spill occurred, Marathon paid a fine of about $300,000 for another spill last year into the Wabash River.
For The Real News, I speak to Jodi Perras of the Sierra Club, who explains that the fine Marathon just paid is a ‘drop in the bucket’ compared to Marathon’s annual profit of $330 million. Jodi explains that, contrary to the claims of pipeline proponents, the transportation of oil by pipelines is anything but ‘safe’, and regulators are doing far too little to enforce existing environmental laws.
My interview of Jodi can be seen here: