News Release 2013-06-21/2

 

News Release 2013-06-21/2

News Release 2013-06-21/2 (AERNR2013-07)

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Update: Actions to stop sour gas release at Turner Valley successful

For immediate release

Calgary, Alberta (Jun 21, 2013)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator has confirmed that actions to stop the flow of gas from the damaged sour gas pipeline in Turner Valley were successful.

River levels receded enough to allow workers safe access to close the master valve on the previously submerged wellhead and stop the release of gas to the atmosphere.

On site air monitoring has confirmed that sour gas levels have not posed a threat to public safety; however, some odours were noticeable. As a precautionary measure until air monitoring could confirm levels, the company and the Town of Turner Valley evacuated some residents and asked others to shelter in place. For information on the status of evacuations, contact the Town of Turner Valley.

During an incident, the AER works with the company, local authority, and other provincial agencies to coordinate efficient and effective response by all parties involved. The AER expects the responsible party to respond immediately and effectively to all energy incidents and to limit impacts to the public, property, and the environment. The AER will hold the responsible party accountable for the incident and its impacts.

The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.

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For more information, please contact:

Cara Tobin, Public Affairs
Phone: 403-297-2252
E-mail: Cara.Tobin@aer.ca
Media line: 1-855-474-6356

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