Cancer, death and fresh water destruction from pipeline “leaks.” Oil leak alarms are set off when pressure drops 1.5% to 2%, allowing thousands of gallons of oil to escape, undetected.
John Bolenbaugh | Whistleblower | Navy Veteran – Bronze Star
A citizen whistle-blower from Kalamazoo, Michigan tells the story of the catastrophic tar sands spill in 2010 and his successful efforts to expose the company’s cover-ups. John’s exposure forced the EPA to demand that the pipeline company Enbridge re-clean the covered up areas and re-dredge the river at an estimated cost of $600,000,000.
John Bolenbaugh lived on the Kalamazoo River when the tar sands oil spill occurred in 2010. John was a victim of the spill as well as his family and his dog. He has been featured on C-span, Huffington post, NPR, Mother Jones and hundreds of local and national news and radio organizations following the spill in 2010. His footage has been included in a half dozen tar sands documentaries, and his story was included in the E-book The Whistleblower by OnEarth Magazine.
In 2011, John was asked to speak outside of the White House by 350 .org founder Bill McKibben. John has traveled around the country several times to give speeches and to document the Kalamazoo, Yellowstone, Mayflower and the Gull oil spills. He is a Navy veteran with a bronze Star, Union member, pipeline fencing supervisor, head yard boss appointed directly by Enbridge.
As a clean up worker for S.E.T environmental (subcontractor under Enbridge) John became the whistleblower for the largest tar sand oil spill in north American history. John’s truth telling about the cover-up forced the pipeline company Enbridge to re-clean several dozen areas that were signed off by Enbridge, EPA and DEQ as 100% clean. John’s exposure forced the EPA to demand that Enbridge re-clean the covered up areas and re-dredge the river at an estimated cost of $600,000,000. Read more: http://helppa.org/ #NODAPL
The Kalamazoo River oil spill occurred in July 2010 when a pipeline operated by Enbridge (Line 6B) burst and flowed into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. A six-foot break in the pipeline resulted in the largest inland oil spill, and one of the costliest spills in U.S. history. The pipeline carries diluted bitumen (dilbit), a heavy crude oil from Canada’s Athabasca oil sands to the United States. Following the spill, the volatile hydrocarbon diluents evaporated, leaving the heavier bitumen to sink in the water column. Thirty-five miles of the Kalamazoo River were closed for clean-up until June 2012, when portions of the river were re-opened. On March 14, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered Enbridge to return to dredge portions of the river to remove submerged oil and oil-contaminated sediment. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalamazoo_River_oil_spill
Standing Rock Dakota Pipeline Protest
11/03/2016 – Police are currently desecrating the burial grounds of Alma Parkin and Matilda Galpin, the indigenous women who once owned the Cannonball Ranch, where Dakota Access is working day and night to finish their pipeline though they have no permit to cross the Missouri River. They have unleashed pepper spray and tear gas on water protectors standing in the river with their hands in the air. In the last shot, notice the small tree on the top of the hill where the armored vehicles are staged. This is the grave site. This is unacceptable. Read more: http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2016/11/3/riot-police-injure-over-100-people-defending-standing-rock-burial-grounds
Native Americans are being forced at gunpoint to accept a pipeline that white North Dakotans refused as too risky to their water.
— HeatherS (@rockyp9nes) November 3, 2016
— ULIYA #NoDAPL🌍🙏❤ (@yuliastr) November 3, 2016
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