CALGARY, June 16 /CNW/ - Pembina Pipeline Corporation (Pembina) personnel
are working closely with the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board
(ERCB), Alberta Environment and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, as
well as trained local spill response teams to address the results of a sweet
crude oil pipeline leak near a crossing of the Red Deer River (LSD
12-26-33-5-W5), approximately five kilometres north of Sundre. It is estimated
that 75 -125 barrels of light sweet crude oil was released. The leak has been
isolated and the flow has stopped from the pipeline. There were no injuries.
At 9:07pm last night (June 15), operators at Pembina's 24 hour control
centre were alerted to a loss of pressure on Pembina's 6" Cremona crude
pipeline and immediately dispatched crews from Sundre to investigate. Although
there was no visual confirmation of oil in the river at that time, the ERCB,
Alberta Environment and Alberta Emergency Management were notified and the
crews had closed all pipeline block valves to isolate the segment of the
pipeline by 10:02 pm. Since that time, Pembina crews and related response and
regulatory agencies have been on site working to assess and contain the
Emergency response specialists and equipment, including specialized boats
and three environmental response trailers are on site. Since the river is
running fast and high, an oil containment boom was deployed downstream at
Glennifer Lake this morning. While oil has not been detected downstream from
the boom, a secondary containment boom will be deployed at east end of the
lake as a precautionary measure. Pembina and various regulatory agencies have
been in contact with landowners between the crossing and Glennifer Lake,
resort operators on Glennifer Lake, and local agencies.
The cause of the failure is under investigation. An internal inspection
conducted in January 2008 did not detect any issues on this pipeline.
Pembina is a member of the Western Canadian Spill Services Co-operative,
an integrated network of trained emergency response specialists that operate
in specific geographic areas. Petroleum companies in each area work together
to maintain response readiness. This includes formal contingency plans,
contact lists and oil spill containment and recovery (OSCAR) units. The co-ops
hold annual training exercises.
Pembina will continue to provide regular updates as the containment and
assessment activities progress.
For further information:
For further information: Brad Smith, Manager, System Integrity, Pembina
Pipeline Corporation, (403) 231-7472