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Pipeline spills 60K litres of crude oil into muskeg in Alberta

Mechanical failure reported at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. pipeline north of Red Earth Creek, Alta., Nov. 27

December 1, 2014  by The Canadian Press

RED EARTH CREEK, Alta.—The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) says close to 60,000 litres of crude oil have spilled into muskeg in the province’s north.

An incident report by the regulator states that a mechanical failure was reported Nov. 27 at a Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) pipeline approximately 27 kilometres north of Red Earth Creek, Alta.

The report says there are no reports of impact to wildlife and that a cleanup has begun.

Red Earth Creek is more than 350 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.


Carrie Rosa, a spokesperson for the regulator, says officials have been delayed reaching the scene due to poor weather in the last few days.

No one from CNRL could be reached for comment.

In April, a pipeline owned by the company spilled 70,000 litres of oil and processed water in the region.

The AER said at the time that the spill northwest of Slave Lake, Alta., was not near any people, water or wildlife.

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