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25% Odds of a Northern Gateway Spill Are ‘Worse Than Russian Roulette’

During public hearings on the Northern Gateway pipeline, lawyers based at the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre spent 25 hours cross-examining Enbridge’s expert witnesses. “Out of these hearings, we learned one stunning fact that has gone mostly unreported in the media: that the project has a twenty five per cent risk of an oil spill within its lifetime,” Jorgenson writes. “That’s a one-in-four chance of a devastating oil spill hitting pristine waters, incomparable wilderness, and countless communities relying on the integrity of the land to survive. Statistically speaking, those odds are worse than playing Russian roulette.

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