Sessional lecturer at The University of Toronto and Greenpeace Canada campaigner Keith Stewart says the scenario could have been worse.
"It shows just how fast these things can happen, because I think it only spilled for a few minutes and yet out came 1300 barrels,” he said. “Fortunately, we had a pumping station where it’s relatively easily to contain, but if it happened at a more rural location it probably would have taken a lot longer to detect, and the damage would have been a lot worse."
He added, “every one of these spills is a challenge to the oil industries claims that these pipelines are safe. I think it’s an indication that when it comes to balancing maintenance cost versus profits they are skimping on the maintenance costs and the oil industry has a real problem right now with public trust, and these type of incidents don’t help."