An Untrustworthy Company
Enbridge has a tarnished history of pipeline oil spills. Between 1999 and 2008, Enbridge had over 610 spills that released approximately 21 million litres (132,000 barrels) of hydrocarbons into the environment.
Busted in Wisconsin
In 2009, Enbridge had 103 reportable spills and agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit brought against the company by the state of Wisconsin for 545 environmental violations. Wisconsin's Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said, "…the incidents of violation were numerous and widespread, and resulted in impacts to the streams and wetlands throughout the various watersheds."
The "Keystone Kops" of the Kalamazoo
In July 2010, Enbridge caused the worst on-land oil spill in Midwest history when one of its pipelines ruptured near Battle Creek, Michigan. Nearly four million litres of tar sands oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River. Following an investigation of the incident, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board dubbed Enbridge employees the "Keystone Kops" in reference to their inept response.
Trouble on the tundra
In 2011, an Inuit hunter in the Northwest Territories came across a pipeline oil spill. Enbridge initially claimed the "pin-hole" leak had spilled only four barrels of oil, but later estimates found over 1,500 barrels of oil had been spilled.
The mystery of the disappearing islands
In August 2012 a public outcry emerged against what were deemed inappropriate and manipulative public relations practices, when Enbridge released a 3D video on its website of the pipeline and tanker route that omitted over 1,000 KM2 of islands in Douglas Channel. The video, which the company said wasn’t meant to be "representative" offered further proof of the lengths the company will go to sell its dangerous project.