With stories like this one, it's no wonder that "construction of the [Keystone XL Canadian tarsands] pipeline in Texas has faced growing opposition by local land owners and environmental activists, some of whom have taken up residence in trees and forcing crews to work around them."
The Canadian government said recently that former TransCanada engineer Evan Vokes was right to raise alarms about inspectors not being trained well enough to spot shoddy work that’s not up to code.
Speaking to CBC News, Vokes said he was fired after repeatedly raising concerns that some of the company’s welders were taking shortcuts that could lead to future accidents. He claims to have alerted all levels of company management about the problem before filing a report with Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB).
That board admonished TransCanada last week for lax pipeline inspection policies, sending an open letter warning that future lapses will not be tolerated. The letter explained that an investigation was launched after an employee reported the noncompliance in May.