CALGARY—The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued an Environmental Protection Order to Nexen, pertaining to the pipeline failure that occurred approximately 36 kilometres south east of Fort McMurray. The company reported that an initial estimated emulsion volume of 5,000 cubic metres was released as a result of the pipeline failure.
The order directs the company to:
The AER notes that some of the work required in this order has already begun. It also remarked that Environmental Protection Orders are not enforcement, they are remedial orders, directing the company to provide a plan to ensure the natural environment is reclaimed.
An AER investigation of the failure and subsequent spill is also underway. Once the investigation is complete, the AER will publish its findings. AER staff remain on site to oversee the company’s response.
The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.