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John Bolenbaugh, USA

 

John Bolenbaugh is a former Enbridge employee and a navy veteran brown star that became an industry whistleblower after the July 25, 2010 oil spill near Marshall, Michigan.  The spill released 20,000 barrels (3.2 million litres) of crude into the Talmadge Creek and ultimately the Kalamazoo River. 

 

Was hired as the spill Yard Boss at Enbridge and then transferred to a sub-contractor.

 

Scott Dodd, OnEarth.org Editor wrote about John in a Huffington Post article dated April 16, 2012, “We don't always get the heroes we imagine. Yet for the people of Marshall, Michigan, John Bolenbaugh may be the best chance they've got to hold a multinational corporation accountable for its ineptitude and arrogant disregard of their welfare.”

 

John’s official website:   www.helppa.org

 

Documentary:  www.Bigoilwhistleblower.org

 

John Bolenbaugh, former Enbridge employee and a navy veteran brown star that became a U.S. industry whistleblower after the July 25, 2010 oil spill near Marshall, Michigan ("Kalamazoo"), points out that oil and gas companies lose more money shutting down a pipeline for repairs than they do in paying fines and allowing a spill to occur.  He cites for example, where a fine might be $1 mln per day, revenues are $8 mln per day.  He notes that insurance pays out when there is a spill for loss of business and for clean-up.  He notes that many of the spill clean-up companies are owned by the oil and gas companies so in effect the oil and gas companies are hired by the insurance companies to clean-up their own mess.  Additionally, spill damage allows oil and gas companies to buy affected houses cheap, which they rent to their out-of-town workers.  The properties are held until after “clean-up” and market value improves.  In the meantime, the price of gas across the country goes up because there is an “oil shortage”(Source: video 1:16:02)

 

 

John’s Timeline

 

Date

Event

2017-03-10

Involved with #NoDAPL Water Protectors

2017-02-17

Documentary:  www.Bigoilwhistleblower.org (video 1:16:02 mins)

2010-07-25

Enbridge’s Kalamazoo river spill

2011-08-14

 

2014-03-31

Judge Allows Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Enbridge To Move Forward

2016-11-18

John Bolenbaugh explains Standard Rock’s importance (13 mins) (AO Info: Dakota Access Pipeline) “Standing Rock is the right thing.” 

 

 

News (reverse chronological order)

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2017-03-10

Youtube / John Bolenbaugh HELPPA

Police lied about shooter at Standing Rock. It was a DAPL worker

John Bolenbaugh HELPPA

2016-11-18

Youtube / Rod Webber

Whistleblower John Bolenbaugh tears up explaining Standing Rock's importance (13 mins)

Rod Webber

- AO Info: Dakota Access Pipeline

2014-03-31

Fox 17 (USA)

Judge Allows Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Enbridge To Move Forward

 

2013-05-10

Youtube / Bolenbaugh

Part 2 of 2 On my way to Mayflower, Arkansas to investigate the tar sand oil spill (2 mins)

 

2013-05-09

Youtube / Bolenbaugh

Part 1 of 2 On my way to Mayflower, Arkansas tar sand spill, I can use your support

 

 

 

Below is a list of John’s videos:

 

In order of release/upload date:

 

Video

Date

Comment

POWUR is teaming up with John Bolenbaugh

2018-06-13

Going solar to get off fossil fuels.

Joann Spotted Bear and John Bolenbaugh teamp up to protect our Water

2018-06-10

#TeamJohnBolenbaugh #ProtectOurWater

Police lied about shooter at Standing Rock. It was a DAPL worker

2017-03-10

 

Big Oil WhistleBlower

2017-02-17

This free film to educate the world by John Bolenbaugh (1:16:02)

Part 2 of 2 On my way to Mayflower, Arkansas to investigate the tar sand oil spill (2 mins)

2013-05-10

 

Part 1 of 2 On my way to Mayflower, Arkansas tar sand spill, I can use your support

2013-05-09

 

2012 Enbridge Oil Spill Scam Exposed by Whistleblower

2012-10-23

via onmhyway (helppa.org)

introduction

Enbridge keeps lying 2012, John Bolenbaugh (21 mins)

2012-10-22

 

John Bolenbaugh, Short clip of sick residents in the Michigan Tar Sand Oil Spill (4 mins)

2012-03-23

John Bolenbaugh

Enbridge Caught Covering Up Oil Spills / Don’t let this happen to BC (29 mins)

2012-01-21

 

John Bolenbaugh, Part 2 of 2 Cover Up video (7 mins)

2012-01-10

 

John Bolenbaugh, Part 1 of 2 Cover Up video short version (15 mins)

2012-01-10

 

Seizure of tar sand oil (2 mins)

941

 

David Danials Texas (3 mins)

942

 

Taxas man can’t believe his (3 mins)

943

 

Ben G. Nebraska.org (2 mins)

944

 

MSDS sheet for tar sand oil (bitumen) (8 mins)

945

 

Military officer says he (17 mins)

946

 

Very sick kid and his mom and (23 mins)

947

 

City meeting and oil was (19 mins)

948

 

Commissioners speak (24 mins)

949

 

Chemicals in the river (19 mins)

950

 

Sick resident a year later (17 mins)

951

 

A must see, edited oil (20 mins)

952

 

Ceresco meeting and oil (20 mins)

953

 

Residents Jamie (17 mins)

954

 

I went to the gulf to make a  (16 mins)

955

 

Phyllis is sick of the  (13 mins)

956

 

Part 2 of the Nicerkson Family (13 mins)

957

 

Part 1 of the Nickerson Family (13 mins)

958

 

Resident of the Michigan (14 mins)

959

 

Must see!! Video taken by Mike (7 mins)

960

 

Rocks and grass over oil (1 min)

961

 

Enbridge puts our lives (1 min)

962

 

Oil pictures (2 mins)

963

 

More mmaadd residents (15 mins)

964

 

Assault and 3rd Arrest (16 mins)

965

 

Making a commercial (2 mins)

966

 

Hit over head video, thank U (2 mins)

967

 

Tylor was chased by Enbridge (5 mins)

968

 

Mad Residents Andy and Kim (15 mins)

969

 

Sick Resident says Screw (12 mins)

970

 

Employee Supports Me (15 mins)

971

 

Air Boat and Sleeping Wor (9 mins)

972

 

Second Death Threat (16 mins)

973

 

Cover Up (14 mins)

974

 

Pissed Residents (14 mins)

975

 

Press footage (15 mins)

976

 

Slashed tires (11 mins)

977

 

New Video, Enbridge called (15 mins)

978

 

Videos are all over the internet (15 mins)

979

 

Enbridge tried to set me up (10 mins)

980

 

On Break from the Oil fo (5 mins)

981

 

Clark Road 21.5 miles from t (10 mins)

982

 

Galesburg is 30 miles (3 mins)

983

 

Edited version Telmadge Creek (8 mins)

984

 

Edited version of the swamp (9 mins)

985

 

Squaw creek edited ve (15 mins)

986

 

Press with me to show oil l (14 mins)

987

 

Edited video with residents (8 mins)

988

 

Ceresco Timeline, Enbri (7 mins)

989

 

Enbridge left oil at B (11 mins)

990

 

Enbridge refuses to c (15 mins)

991

 

Enbridge and EPA left this area for (13 mins)

992

 

This field was full of oil until I show (4 mins)

993

 

Video series of where we were t (5 mins)

994

 

My cousin Tabby Pool, Enbridge, EPA (11 mins)

995

 

I am not a disgruntal worker, I am only reporting the truth  (15 mins)

996

 

Andy Saylor set environmental text  from head supervisor, I saved for my lawsuit (7 mins)

997

 

Webcam video December 21, 2010 (5 mins)

998

 

Enbridge Owns this Property (13 mins)

999

 

Family, Veterans Day, 2010 Non-oil (6 mins)

1000

 

 

 

Advice to Documentary-Makers

 

As per John’s videos:

-          if you suspect an oil spill take precautions and wear safety gear to reduce exposure.  The list of associated chemicals may not be announced so you may never find out to what you have been exposed.

-          use as little edited footage as possible so it cannot be argued that the footage has been tampered with or taken out of context.

-          include footage of a newspaper with the date clearly shown.

-          if declaring the presence of oil in water, wear a rubber glove to pickup the oil and then rinse gloved hand back in the water to show that you did not pick up mud.  Pickup mud and rinse.  The mud will rinse off while oil sticks to the glove.

 

Quotes

 

“When there is a spill the insurance companies hire the oil companies to come cleanup the oil.  Now wait a minute, shouldn’t it be like a different company, somebody that … I mean you are cleaning up your own mess.  You shouldn’t get paid to cleanup your own mess.  That’s what’s happening.   Well, here there’s several things to this.  Enbridge knew the pipe was bad for 5 years.  They chose not to fix it.  Now why wouldn’t you fix it?  Well let’s see – line 6B makes about $8 million a day approximately, and if you shut it down for a few weeks to fix it you’re going to lose over $100 million in profits.  Well, what do you do?  You wait ’til there’s a spill and then the insurance company is going to hire you to clean it up.  On top of that they’re going to fix the pipe and they’re going to pay for it and they’re going to pay for all your oil that you lost, the lost revenue and on top of that, this is the big one, every company in America is going to raise their gas prices ‘cause they are going to say that they have a shortage of oil now.  So listen, they just raised the prices $0.30 nationwide for a spill that happened in Michigan or Wisconsin or New York or Oklahoma, they’re happening everywhere, and I think it’s to make money.  I think it’s profitable for these oil companies to have spills.”  John Bolenbaugh, former Enbridge employee and industry whistleblower (video @1:26)

 

 

 

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APPENDICES

 

APPENDIX A

 

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APPENDIX B

 

John Bolenbaugh, former Enbridge employee and a navy veteran brown star that became a U.S. industry whistleblower after the July 25, 2010 oil spill near Marshall, Michigan ("Kalamazoo"), points out that oil and gas companies lose more money shutting down a pipeline for repairs than they do in paying fines and allowing a spill to occur.  He cites for example, where a fine might be $1 mln per day, revenues are $8 mln per day.  He notes that insurance pays out when there is a spill for loss of business and for clean-up.  He notes that many of the spill clean-up companies are owned by the oil and gas companies so in effect the oil and gas companies are hired by the insurance companies to clean-up their own mess.  Additionally, spill damage allows oil and gas companies to buy affected houses cheap, which they rent to their out-of-town workers.  The properties are held until after “clean-up” and market value improves.  In the meantime, the price of gas across the country goes up because there is an “oil shortage”.