Former science teacher and Conservative candidate Sabrina Zuniga says oil spills from pipelines are no problem because oil is a natural substance.
The Tory contender in the Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York made the comments in a recent interview with CPAC.
“We have the technology … to keep the pipeline safe, to cut off if anything is going to spill,” she said. “Oil is a natural substance. So spilling into the environment, the land will absorb it because that’s what oil is. It’s just when there is too much at once, that’s when the difficulty comes in.”
It’s true: oil is a natural substance. So are cyanide and sulphuric acid.
And yes, the land does absorb oil, which then contaminates the ground and the groundwater. Crude oil contains hundreds of components, some of them highly toxic and harmful to humans, like mercury, toluene and xylene, some of them known carcinogens like benzene and chromium.Read More »from Tory candidate says pipeline oil spills aren’t a problem because ‘land will absorb it’