CALGARY, June 24 /CNW/ - Pembina Pipeline Corporation has been advised by
the David Thompson Health Region (DTHR) and Alberta Environment that the
containment and clean up program was successful and Gleniffer Lake is once
again re-opening for recreational use.
The DTHR says the lake will remain closed until Thursday June 26th 2008,
to allow for additional confirmatory sampling and repositioning of containment
booms west from high traffic areas to where the Red Deer River enters the
The DTHR announced today that preliminary test results show that the
water shows no significant concentrations or contamination by petroleum and
meets surface water standards. Accordingly, the DTHR has said that from a
health standpoint, there is no reason why the lake cannot be opened for
swimming and boating on Thursday morning providing that further testing has
been completed and the containment booms currently on the lake are moved from
response locations to the low-traffic area at the west end of the lake.
The DTHR also advised that the drinking water advisory remains in effect
until analysis of the ongoing tests are completed. Pembina will continue to
truck drinking water into the resorts until all drinking water restrictions
are cancelled. At that time, drinking water can then also be consumed from the
pumps in the conservation picnic sites and campgrounds around the lake.
A team of Pembina staff, federal and provincial government personnel and
other emergency responders has been working since early Monday, June 16 to
contain, assess and clean-up the results of a release of sweet crude oil into
the Red Deer River, approximately five kilometres north of Sundre, AB and
approximately 30 kilometres south of Gleniffer Lake.
"I'm delighted with the progress made in restoring the river, lake and
shoreline," says Pembina President & CEO Robert Michaleski. "I want to commend
Pembina employees, the regulatory personnel, and equipment suppliers for
coming together quickly and working so hard to address this issue. I'd also
like to thank area residents for their patience and support."
While monitoring, water and sediment sampling and remedial action will
continue, Pembina crews have completed clean-up activities on Gleniffer Lake
and are removing equipment and relocating containment booms. River levels
remain too high and flows too strong to inspect the pipeline crossing, but
Pembina is developing inspection and remedial action plans in conjunction with
provincial government authorities. The pipeline will remain shut in until it
can be inspected, repaired and reburied.
For further information:
For further information: Brad Smith, Manager, System Integrity, Pembina
Pipeline Corporation, (403) 231-7472