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Sunday, August 1, 2010

US Environmental Protection Agency dissatisfied with Enbridge clean-up plan

CBC News - World - Enbridge must file river cleanup plan

The US EPA has rejected a long-term clean-up plan filed by Enbridge in the aftermath of its massive oil spill in Michigan because of "deficiencies in content and technical details".  Read the CBC story by clicking on the link above.

I posted earlier this week about plans in Canada by the National Energy Board to provide an approval mechanism for contamination remediation by companies like Enbridge.  It's not hard to see the difference in approach being followed in the United States, at least in the wake of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  South of the border, it's not the energy project approval body that will decide when the contamination has been cleaned up appropriately - it's the EPA.  In other words, it's not a body whose primary concern is the ongoing development of the energy sector.  Canada has Environment Canada and the provincial ministries of the environment.  Landowners should be asking why the NEB is choosing to step into this issue at this time.