The disaster itself was dwarfed by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico during the same summer, yet it offers similar lessons for other communities, and for other pipeline companies eager to take advantage of Canada’s lucrative oil sands market in return for American dollars.
“We believe that these companies are not unique”, referring to the BP Oil spill in the gulf, and the Talmadge Creek spill, Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), cited the corporate and regulatory failures allowing such spills to happen, “People need to read these NTSB reports and understand our recommendations with an eye toward the future”.
Pipelines create short-term jobs, true. Pipelines play a significant role in redirecting American dependence on foreign oil imports, and will enrich all those profiteers, eager to cash in on the boom sure to follow “northern end” approval from the Obama administration. What can’t be ignored however is the potential for disaster, short-term boost in jobs, and significant rising gasoline prices on the American people in the long run. There is nothing new in those who beat their chests for American capitalism, benefiting their corporate greed, all at “cost” to the American consumer and taxpayer.