posted on Jun, 11 2012 @ 12:01 AM
compared to all the oil that is used to make products I use?
Oil spill threatens Alberta’s Red Deer River
Plains Midstream Canada, which operates the pipeline that was built in 1966, shut a 10-kilometre section of its Rangeland South line. While the
company is still investigating the cause and precise location of the spill, it estimated that 1,000 to 3,000 barrels of crude, or 160,000 to 480,000
litres, has leaked. About 90 workers were erecting booms in Lake Gleniffer, some 40 kilometres downstream, in an bid to prevent an oil slick from
reaching Red Deer, Alberta’s third-largest city, which draws its water from the river.
Having beers with a couple of friends the other night at our local watering hole talking about world affairs etc, like we always do, and I brought up
the oil spill that just happened on Thursday. When he said that, my first immediate thought was "I don't think I like you anymore". I became quiet.
Searching quickly in my mind how to respond under the slight foggy haze of my third pint. "You can't complain about it" he said, "you are a
consumer of oil and 3000 barrels is nothing compared to all the oil in the world". I asked him, "so, it's just a casualty of war your saying?" He
had a point, but I was beginning to froth more than the head of my beer.
I consider myself to be balanced and will listen to all aspects and perspectives. While I was angered the way he casually dismissed the environmental
accident, I was also aware he was right. After a swig, I recollected my thoughts and let out a barrage of reasons as to why it isn't ok. I don't
have the steam now to repeat what I said but it was along the lines of greed, climate change, raping the earth of our resources, and Canada selling
Throughout all that, I still knew he had a point and I'm angry at myself for that. I use gasoline to fill up my car and rest my feet on my fake
leather vinyl stool. So, what do you say to that? Do I have a right to be angry for the oil spill? 57 acres of the owners land ruined, no place for
the wildlife to drink from the river, the stink and headaches from inhaling petroleum sludge.
Sometimes I hate logic.