Saskatchewan pipeline safety incidents on the rise
CBC's iTeam has learned that over the past 12 years, the number of pipeline safety incidents in Saskatchewan has increased by 55 per cent.
Data obtained from the National Energy Board shows that between 2001 and 2006 there were 55 incidents in the province.
However, that number jumped from 55 to 85 over the next five years.
The increase mirrors a national trend: across Canada, pipeline incidents have doubled over the past decade.
The NEB's Patrick Smyth attributes that to increased vigilance.
"Well I think there's increased awareness on the part of the pipeline companies so perhaps where they felt there wasn't a need to report previously we've corrected that with them and they're reporting everything that's required," he said.
Oil spilled in wetlands
One of the Saskatchewan incidents happened in 2007, when an Enbridge pipeline broke just south of Glenavon.
One thousand cubic metres of crude oil poured into a wetland area.
People in the town, including Glenn Todd, remember it well.
Pipeline safety issues concern everybody, but companies like Enbridge do a good job and generally have a good relationship with property owners in the area, he said.
"It absolutely has to concern you when there are issues with pipelines, but let's face it: reality is, we need the oil, we need the product," Todd said.
"It's just up to the suppliers to make sure their equipment is in good shape and so far I haven't seen anything that tells me they're not looking after it or not on top of it when they do have issues."