ROTHENBURGER – Going behind the headlines to get the whole story

There are spills, leaks and releases. (Image: File photo)

HEADLINES ARE a good way of finding out if we want to read a news story. But the news story itself is filtered by the writer based on his or her idea of which facts are worth knowing about.

Three news stories this week have some interesting background to them that either isn’t obvious or hasn’t been explored.

The week began with the oil “spill” at the Trans Mountain station in Darfield north of Barriere. It was reported that a spill of 100 litres had taken place on Sunday. It was more like a leak, but we like to think about oil in terms of spills, as if it always splashes onto the ground from some container.

Kinder Morgan calls it “a release.”

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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