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Thinking Spatially About History and Onshore Oil Pipeline Spills in Canada
Feb 5, 2019
Dr. Sean Kheraj (PhD)
A lecture by Dr. Sean Kheraj (PhD) of York University, presented by the Department of History
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Room 146 Kirk Hall , 117 Science Pl.
Free and open to the public
Since 1961, oil pipeline corporations have provided data to the National Energy Board of Canada concerning incidents on oil and gas pipelines that cross interprovincial and international borders in Canada. These data were compiled in reports that included a range of information from incident types, product types, causes, environmental effects, and locations. This paper will present work-in-progress on a project to map onshore oil pipeline spills in the period from 1961 to 1996 using these pipeline incident reports. The project uses ArcGIS to map and cross-reference data from the National Energy Board of Canada and the U.S. Energy Information Administration to provide spatial visualizations of the history of onshore oil pipeline spills in Canada.