May 5, 2014 11:12 pm

City Council approves new Enbridge oil tank

Enbridge is replacing an old oil tank with a new one almost four times the size.

Global News

REGINA – City Council has given approval for Enbridge to replace an old oil tank between the Co-op Refinery and Ring Road.

Enbridge applied to replace a 50 thousand barrel crude oil tank, which is 50 years old with a new 190 thousand barrel tank to meet the needs of growing capacity.

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Even though Enbridge met all provincial and federal regulations, councillors had many questions about safety and potential environmental hazards. Councillors asked whether there was a risk of a leak and how the larger volume would affect air quality and water quality of the aquifer situated below it.

Mayor Michael Fougere said they were assured the new tank – although bigger, is more reliable than the older one: “This is one of the benefits of having a new tank. There’s new and better technology for storage and we’re going to see that now. We have a 50 or 60 year old technology that’s being replaced by the 2014 technology.”

Enbridge says the life span of the new tank is a minimum 20 to 30 years.

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