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.
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.