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Alberta energy pipeline safety report to be released later this year

Technical review of pipeline network being analyzed by Energy Resources Conservation Board


EDMONTON—Albertans will have to wait a little longer to hear about the safety of a labyrinth of oil and natural gas pipelines that criss-cross the province.

A technical review of the pipeline network was handed to Alberta Energy last month and is now being analyzed by the Energy Resources Conservation Board.

Alberta Energy spokesman Mike Deising said the board is to finish its work by March 31, and the public will be asked to comment on the report later in the year.

The government hired a Calgary engineering firm last year to do the review following three pipeline spills, including a leak that fouled part of the pristine Red Deer River.

Deising says pipelines are Alberta’s economic lifeline and the government will do whatever it takes to ensure that they are safe.

Alberta has more than 400,000 kilometres of provincially regulated energy pipelines, many of them up to 40 or 50 years old.

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