We American should be alarmed that TransCanada's Keystone oil pipeline suffered twelve reported leaks, in its first year of operation. We can take only twisted comfort in this report that during that time, TransCanada leaked all over its home soil even more:
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has logged 100 different incidents and accidents on federally regulated Canadian oil and gas pipelines over the past two years, new documents released to Postmedia News reveal.
The log entries by investigators are dominated by two Alberta-based companies, Enbridge and TransCanada, which are involved in nearly three quarters of the reported cases, including 21 incidents on the latter's brand new, multibillion-dollar Keystone pipeline, which launched the first phase of its commercial operation in June 2010.
...In one case on the Keystone pipeline, the board noted that crude oil leaked in January from a threaded connection due to vibration at a pump station in Hardisty, Alberta. It was repaired after the "threads were re-taped."
The most recent incidents on the new Keystone line include three cases from early June of leakage at pumping stations in Alberta and Saskatchewan [Mike De Souza, "Exclusive: Feds Recorded 100 Pipeline Spills and Accidents since 2010," Vancouver Sun, 2011.07.05].
Three spills in early June? The Keystone pipeline is getting leakier!
Remember, once upon a time, TransCanada told us to expect "a spill of 50 barrels or less occurring anywhere along the entire pipeline system... once every 65 years." TransCanada told us we could expect spills of any magnitude to come at a rate of 1.4 every 10 years. Along the entire pipeline system, we have now had 33 spills in barely one year.
33 times 10, divided by 1.4... that's over 230 times the predicted spill rate.
230 times: maybe that's how much longer we should extend the review period for TransCanada's permit to build Keystone XL.
Related: The North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938), a House Republican effort to force the Obama Administration to speed the environmental review and permitting process for Keystone XL, is before the House Natural Resources Committee. Our Congresswoman Kristi Noem serves on this committee.