NuVista’s 50 km (30 mile) Alberta pipeline has spilled approximately 100 m3 (629 bbl) of oil, water and natural gas emulsion. Though no wildlife or environmental damage has been reported, at present, the reason for the spill has not been determined.
Nevertheless, Jonathan Wright, the company’s Chief Executive, announced that “the company responded within minutes of the leak being reported and is cooperating with the AER and local First Nations representatives.”
Officials via helicopter identified the pipeline leak during a surveillance flight above Rainbow Lake. The leak is said to have covered a 70 x 100 m area.
Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) Bob Curran, Director of Public Affairs, stated that NuVista had stopped flow in the line and that clean-up was under way. AER officials are presently investigating the spill.
Edited from various sources Global News, Yahoo News, Reuters, by Stephanie Roker