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Alberta launches pipeline safety initiative

There have been three pipeline leaks in Alberta this year



CALGARY—The Alberta government is launching a pipeline safety initiative.

Energy Minister Ken Hughes is to make an announcement about it later Friday in Calgary.

Dozens of environmental, landowner, First Nations and labour groups have been calling on the provincial government to conduct an independent review into pipeline safety.

There have been three pipeline leaks in Alberta this year, including the leak of up to 475,000 litres of oil into the Red Deer River, a major drinking water source in central Alberta.

The calls for the review grew louder earlier this month when the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board lambasted Enbridge Inc. for its handling of an oil spill in Michigan two years ago.

Enbridge is seeking approval to build a pipeline to ship Alberta crude over mountainous British Columbia terrain to the West Coast so that it can be sold in Asia at higher prices.

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