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Calgary, Alberta (Jun 23, 2013)… The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is responding to an Enbridge Inc. pipeline failure near Anzac, Alberta, which has resulted in the release of synthetic crude into a wetland area and a small nearby lake.
As of June 23, 2013, the pipeline remains shut in and isolated and the company continues to receive the equipment and personnel required to clean and mitigate the synthetic crude oil release.
In addition to installing booms to contain the spill, the company has installed wildlife deterrents and contracted environmental consultants to conduct water sampling and a wildlife survey.
There were no injuries as a result of the incident, and no impacts to wildlife have been observed. Enbridge continues to estimate the volume released at between 80m3 and 120 m3. The AER has not confirmed these volumes.
The AER will continue to work closely with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and other regulatory agencies to respond to the incident.
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