University of Lethbridge - June 15th
A recent pipeline rupture in the Red Deer River might have relatively short term environmental damage, but a larger concern is the vast number of older pipeline locations at river crossings and their vulnerability to floods, according to a leading expert in floodplain and river bank ecosystems.
Dr. Stewart Rood, a University of Lethbridge Environmental Science researcher and member of the Water Institute for Sustainable Environments at the University of Lethbridge, has already started on a study of the Red Deer River oil spill, looking at more than 30 km of river shoreline downstream from the spill.
He and his colleagues are looking for opportunities to learn from this particular spill, and then turn their research findings into a set of guidelines for developing oil pipelines near, over or under waterways.
“River crossings are especially prone to