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Calgary, Alberta (Jun 23, 2013)… The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is responding to a pipeline failure near Anzac, AB. The failure has resulted in the release of synthetic crude into a wetland area and a small nearby lake.
The pipeline is operated by Enbridge Inc., has been shut in and isolated. Booms have been installed to contain the oil and cleanup operations are underway. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. Enbridge has estimated that volumes released are between 80 and 120 m3. The AER has not confirmed these volumes.
AER, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development and other regulatory agencies are responding to the incident. All information is preliminary and may be changed as updates are available.
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:Darin Barter, Public Affairs