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Nexen Energy to provide update on oil spill in northern Alberta

Spill update to detail latest developments outside Fort McMurray

ANZAC, Alta.—Nexen Energy is scheduled to give an update July 22 on its cleanup efforts following a major oil pipeline leak last week in northern Alberta.

The spill of about five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water was discovered by a contractor last Wednesday near Nexen’s Long Lake oilsands facility, about 35 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray.

The company says the pipeline was installed last year and a warning system didn’t detect the leak.

It is investigating.

On Sunday, a dead duck was found at the site of the spill, but the company says it believes the animal died before it put fences, wildlife cannons and other deterrents in place.

The affected area is about 16,000 square metres.

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