No More Tar Sands Oil Pipelines in the United States

kalamazoo after pipeline spill

Target: New England Governors’ Conference

Goal: Do not allow any further construction of tar sands crude oil pipelines.

Two years ago, residents in Michigan witnessed the largest and most toxic inland oil spill in U.S. history due to the failure of unsafe tar sand pipelines. Now, oil companies have proposed to move tar sands through New England by building more pipelines. Tell New England’s governors to reject any further construction of tar sands pipelines and prevent yet another environmental and public health disaster.

On July 25, 2010, an oil company called Enbridge was responsible for the spillage of more than a million gallons of toxic tar sands crude oil that contaminated Michigan’s Kalamazoo River and caused a myriad of urgent public health problems. Enbridge knew its pipeline was unsafe. In fact, a few weeks before the historic spill, the company had requested a delay on a Corrective Action Order to repair a flaw on their pipeline. To make matters worse, Enbridge did not detect the broken pipe until an employee on the group alerted them 17 hours after it began leaking, in spite of their so-called high-tech leak-detection system.

The oil company’s terrible handling of the rupture was swept under the rug by corrupt public health officials, causing families in Michigan to suffer severe after-effects because they were not properly warned of the dangers. To this day, thick tar sand submerged oil still remains in the Kalamazoo River, despite an $800 million cleanup. Michigan families only received a semblance of justice recently, when federal regulators finally handed down a $3.7 million penalty along with a stinging indictment of Enbridge for its negligent management of the pipeline, its incompetent emergency response, and its lack of transparency.

Now that the dangers of transporting tar sands crude oil from Canada through the U.S. are widely known and federal officials have recognized that oil companies cannot be trusted to adequately handle an emergency spill, it is unacceptable that New England is considering plans to allow further construction of pipelines.

Sign the petition below to let the governors of New England know that building more tar sands pipelines is extremely dangerous and not worth the risks.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear New England governors,

I am writing to urge you to reject any further construction of tar sands crude oil pipelines in your territory. Two years ago, residents in Michigan witnessed the largest and most toxic inland oil spill in U.S. history due to the failure of unsafe tar sand pipelines and the negligence of oil company, Enbridge. More than a million gallons of toxic tar sands crude oil contaminated Michigan’s Kalamazoo River and caused a myriad of urgent public health problems.

Enbridge knew its pipeline was unsafe. In fact, a few weeks before the historic spill, the company had requested a delay on a Corrective Action Order to repair a flaw on their pipeline. To make matters worse, Enbridge did not detect the broken pipe until an employee on the group alerted them 17 hours after it began leaking, in spite of their so-called high-tech leak-detection system.

To this day, thick tar sand submerged oil still remains in the Kalamazoo River, despite an $800 million cleanup. Michigan families only received a semblance of justice one week ago, when federal regulators finally handed down a $3.7 million penalty along with a stinging indictment of Enbridge for its negligent management of the pipeline, its incompetent emergency response, and its lack of transparency. Federal officials have recognized that oil companies cannot be trusted to adequately handle an emergency spill. I am asking you to recognize that building more tar sands pipelines is extremely dangerous and not worth the risk.

Please do all you can to prevent yet another environmental and public health disaster. Do not allow any further construction of tar sands crude oil pipelines.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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