By Jeremy Appel
A pipeline operated by Cor4 Oil Corporation spilled crude oil and water mixture seven km northeast of Jenner on July 7 around 1:30 p.m., according to Alberta Energy Regulator.
The leak was reported to the AER by the oil company.
“The line has been isolated and shut in and cleanup is underway,” says an e-mailed statement from AER spokesperson Tracie Kenyon.
“There have been no reported impacts to wildlife.”
An earlier statement from Cor4 said that it was in the process of assessing any damage to wildlife alongside AER.
“The failure was isolated shortly after it was discovered and there were no injuries associated with the incident,” said the Cor4 statement.
“The AER has been on-site, working in conjunction with Cor4 personnel and environmental, wild-life and biological consultants active in the response, assessment, and clean-up activities to date.”
The spillage had moved off-site, with some of the released oil and water coming into contact with a nearby lying slough and grassy bog area, according to Cor4.
The volume of released fluid is 100-200 metres cubed, considerably less than the company’s initial estimate of 250 metres cubed.
The site of the spill is located on private, currently-inactive agricultural land. The landowner was informed and visited the site, the Cor4 statement said.
Kenyon added that pipeline safety is constantly improving in the province.
Pipeline incidents declined by 48 per cent between 2008 and 2017 in Alberta, while the length of pipelines increased by 11 per cent.
“This reduction is largely due to improvements to requirements and inspection programs, and a greater focus on industry education and pipeline safety within the energy industry,” wrote Kenyon.
The cause of the spill is currently under investigation by Cor4.