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Calgary, Alberta (Jul 17, 2015)…
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has issued an Environmental Protection Order to Nexen, pertaining to a pipeline failure approximately 36 km south east of Fort McMurray. The company reported that an initial estimated emulsion volume of 5000m3 was released as a result of the pipeline failure.
The order directs the company to:
The AER notes that some of the work required in this Order has already begun. Environmental Protection Orders are not enforcement; they are remedial orders, directing the company to provide a plan to ensure the natural environment is reclaimed.
An AER investigation is also underway. Once the investigation is complete, the AER will publish its findings. AER staff remain on site to oversee the company’s response.
The AER publishes information about Orders and incidents on its Compliance Dashboard. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
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.
In response to a pipeline spill southeast of Fort McMurray, the Alberta Energy Regulator has issued an Environmental Protection Order to Nexen, requiring the company to develop and submit plans for containment, clean up and public notification.
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For more information, please contact:Peter Murchland, AER Public Affairs