October 16, 2006

EUB probes pipeline leak

CALGARY, ALTA-Field staff from the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) have begun investigating a light crude oil leak which occurred early on October 11 at a Rainbow Pipe Line Company pipeline ten kilometres southwest of Slave Lake. Approximately 1,260 barrels (200 cubic metres) of crude oil leaked from a 24-inch pipeline. Although the pipeline was shut in and the spill contained, some of the spilled oil entered a creek in the area. A containment crew was promptly dispatched to the site to conduct a cleanup of the leaked oil. The incident did not cause a fire or any injuries and posed no danger to the public. The investigation by EUB staff is in accordance with normal practice. The Board, which regulates 373,000 km of pipeline in Alberta, says pipeline failures within the province are rare. In 2005, the pipeline failure rate was at a record low 2.3 failures per 1,000 km of pipeline, down from 3.3 per 1000 km in 2000.

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