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Ottawa, Alberta both considering charges related to 2012 oil spill

Governments have until June to lay charges related to Plains Midstream oil spill in central Alberta

March 6, 2014   by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The federal government is looking into whether there should be charges against a pipeline company after a damning report by an Alberta regulator about an oil leak.

Environment Canada has confirmed there is an investigation into the 2012 Plains Midstream Canada ULC spill that sent nearly 500,000 litres of oil into the Red Deer River.

The department says it is working with Alberta authorities and can’t comment further.

Alberta is also looking into whether charges will be laid.


The province’s energy regulator found the company failed to meet Alberta rules on safety inspections for four years before the pipe finally fractured during a heavy flood.

Governments have until June to lay charges.

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