Pipeline spill would affect drinking water within 48 hours: report
Metro News

By Emma Jackson, Ottawa Metro News, October 5, 2016

It would take 48 hours for a major oil spill from the proposed Energy East pipeline to affect Ottawa’s drinking water, a new report says.

Montreal-based Savaria Experts-Conseils Inc., an environmental consulting firm, has released a detailed analysis of how a major oil spill would work its way through watersheds in Ottawa and Gatineau if the 4,500-kilometre TransCanada project was to spring a leak nearby.


“It in many ways confirms our worst fears,” said Graham Saul, director of Ecology Ottawa, which commissioned the report with the Council of Canadians. “It’s a wake-up call for Ottawa-area politicians, because it puts our water in immediate danger.”


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