April 30, 2007

Company fined $75K in connection with hydrochloric acid spill

RED DEER, ALTA-An oilfield service company was fined $75,000 in connection with a spill of hydrochloric acid at its site in an industrial area of Red Deer. 763402 Alberta, operating as Sand Source Services, pleaded guilty to a charge under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act of releasing a substance that may cause a significant adverse effect. The incident leading to the charge occurred on September 5, 2003, when an inadequately supported pipe failed at the company's site. Approximately 55,000 litres of acid spilled into a containment dike, resulting in a vapour cloud that drifted across the industrial park. About 100 people had to evacuate the area, and two workers at a nearby facility who inhaled the vapour were treated in hospital and released. The company responded immediately to the incident, cleaning up the spill within a few hours of the release. Sand Source Services operates an industrial trans-loader business that facilitates the transfer of oilfield products from rail to truck. The company stores sand and acid on its property for sale to the oilfield service sector.

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