Pipeline spills oil into Red Deer river tributary


A sizable 1,000 to 3,000 barrels of oil leaked from an Alberta pipeline into Jackson Creek, a tributary of the Red Deer river near the town of Sundre, Alta.

The leak was discovered Thursday night by Sundre Petroleum Operators Group, a not-for-profit group, which then alerted the operator of the pipeline, Plains Midstream Canada, a subsidiary of Plains All American American Pipeline LP.

The company says it shut down all of its operations in the area to isolated the pipeline, which leaked 160,000 to 475,000 litres of light crude oil into Jackson Creek. The Energy Resource Conservation Board, Alberta Environment and Alberta Health are working with the company to track the evolution of the spill and investigate its causes.

According to the Globe and Mail, Plains is the same company that saw a 28,000-barrel leak from one of its pipelines in northern Alberta last year.

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Pipeline spills oil into Red Deer river tributary

  1. …but “streamlining” environmental studies to push a massive pipeline
    through to the BC coast is a good thing, right?

    • Yes, because they are streamlining it so that the province takes over. Because provinces are on top of this sort . . . oh.

    • This is just the tip of the iceberg. Fact is regulations are tough to get put in place. Most are “tombstone regulations” legislated after disaster struck.

      When neo-cons come along and start lopping them off with the sole interest of making businessmen easy money, one doesn’t have to be the Amazing Kreskin to figure out what’s going to happen.

      (BTW, the financial market meltdown of 2008 that the global economy has yet to recover from was the end product of reckless banking deregulation.)

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