Alberta Energy Regulator

Alberta Energy Regulator

July 16, 2015 16:00 ET

AER Responding to a Pipeline Failure Near Fort McMurray

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 16, 2015) - The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is responding to a Nexen 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 pipeline and pad site have been isolated and shut in, effectively stopping the source of the release. Nexen has initiated its emergency response plan, has established containment of the released emulsion and has initiated cleanup of the impacted area.

The company reported that the release has affected an area of approximately 40 x 400m2 and that the release is mainly isolated to the pipeline right of way which includes muskeg. The release has not flowed into a waterbody.

There are no reported impacts to the public or wildlife at this time and the AER has directed the operator to implement a wildlife protection plan in the area.

AER staff are on-site to assess the situation, initiate an investigation, and work with the company to ensure all safety and environmental requirements are met during the response to the incident.

Information about the incident can be found on the AER's compliance dashboard.

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.

FOR BROADCAST USE: The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is responding to a Nexen pipeline failure approximately 36 km south east of Fort McMurray. The company reported that the release has affected an area of approximately 40 x 400m2. The release has not flowed into a waterbody. The AER continues to work with the company to ensure all safety and environmental requirements are met during the response to the incident.

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