Aboriginal hunters first detected the oil link from the Norman Wells pipeline.
Enbridge says it was not covering up the true size of a pipeline leak in the Northwest Territories, which leaked up to 1,500 barrels into the northern environment… from its Norman Wells pipeline on May 9…
Enbridge executive Leon Zupan told CBC News that crews only discovered the true size of the spill after they started drilling down into the permafrost to obtain core samples.
Enbridge officials say they don’t know how the leak began, but they said the oil leaked out of an opening about the size of a pinhole….
Oil coming out of such a small opening has, over time, created a spill about half a hectare in size, according to the company.