News Release 2011-05-03


News Release 2011-05-03

News Release 2011-05-03 (NR2011-11)

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Cleanup ongoing at pipeline leak northeast of Peace River

For immediate release

Calgary, Alberta (May 03, 2011)… The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) continues to work with Plains Midstream Canada, Alberta Environment and other appropriate agencies during cleanup efforts following a crude oil pipeline leak about 100 km northeast of Peace River on April 29.

The break point of the pipeline has been isolated and there is no further flow of crude oil. An estimated 4,500 m3 (28,000 barrels) of crude oil leaked and has collected along the pipeline’s 30-metre right-of-way and spread into nearby stands of stagnant water, where it is contained.

Approximately 100 response personnel are on the scene working on containment, oil recovery, line repair and site remediation.  Skimmers are collecting the oil from the water. Soil cleanup preparations are underway. Staging areas are being established for separating oil and collecting waste from the site. There has been no migration of oil from the affected area, which is being fenced off.

Plains Midstream staff confirmed the leak at 7:30 a.m. on April 29. The leaked oil remains 300 metres from any flowing water or runoff. The nearest residence is more than 7 km away. Air monitors are in place at the site and have detected no hydrocarbon levels above Alberta Ambient Air Quality guidelines. There have been no injuries resulting from the incident and there is no threat to public safety. ERCB inspectors are at the site and an investigation is already underway. All appropriate authorities have been notified.

Pipeline leaks in Alberta are rare. In 2009, Alberta’s pipeline industry set a record-low pipeline failure rate of 1.7 per 1,000 kilometres of pipeline, bettering the previous record-low of 2.1 set in both 2008 and 2007.

The Alberta government continues to work with the ERCB, Plains Midstream Canada, and other appropriate agencies during cleanup efforts northeast of Peace River.

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For more information, please contact:

Davis Sheremata, ERCB Communications
Phone: 403-605-4216
Media line: 1-855-474-6356