“Fundamentally wrong to put people at this sort of risk”

Westridge resident shares her experience with the Trans Mountain 2007 oil spill

On July 24, 2007, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline ruptured, spilling more than 200,000 litres of heavy crude in the Westridge neighbourhood of Burnaby, B.C.

SFU business professor Karen Ruckman’s family home was just down the street. She shares their experience with the spill:

“It’s affected us on a number of different levels, in terms of how we feel about our government putting us at risk, but also in terms of lingering doubts about our own health, in particular for my son, who is now about to turn 11 years old this summer… I was 34 weeks pregnant with him.”

Deeper reading:
NEB letter of comment, Karen Ruckman
The day oil rained down on Burnaby, Burnaby Now

One response to ““Fundamentally wrong to put people at this sort of risk””

  1. Paul Plimley says:

    Dear Karen,

    Your testimony is both moving and disturbing. I have written dozens of emails to our BC NDP and Federal Liberals about the fallacy and destructive implementation of the trans mountain pipeline. And I’ve donated on many occasions to both Dogwood and Council of Canadians to put a stop to a social and environmental disaster that comes with pipelines and oil tankers/rail delivery. I’ve visited David Eby’s office this year and called to speak with John Horgan’s office as well as Joyce Murray’s. The message is the same: the tar sands of Alberta are a toxic mess – and worsened by the extra chemicals added to more easily transport the sludge along pipes. To think that we can potentially destroy environments and brutally put innocent citizens in harms way is insanely unacceptable. Thank you for sharing your story with other Canadians. At this point I will never vote for either the Liberals or Conservatives again. I’m now going to the Green Party, where Elizabeth May walked the walked by standing up for Canadians when she was arrested at a pipeline protest earlier this year. We all need to ditch this useless project and get serious about developing wind and solar power. I trust you are neither lying or exaggerating your experiences with the oil fumes you recounted in the video. Canadians need to wake up NOW or suffer the consequences in the near future! Once again, I thank you and MANY Canadians are on your side! Let us not go gentle into that good night!
    Sincerely,
    Paul Plimley

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