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Canadian pipeline leaks 500,000 litres of produced salt water in Alberta

Calgary, Canada-based NuVista Energy has shut down a pipeline from its gas facility after it leaked around 500,000 litres of produced salt water in northwestern Alberta.

The produced water disposal pipeline, which is located 70km south of Grand Prairie, has been shut down and isolated, with no injuries reported. It connects NuVista’s gas facility in the Bilbo field with a nearby water disposal well.

The leak was identified by operations staff at the facility on 9 September using the company’s pipeline leak monitoring and detection system. After immediately shutting down the pipeline, NuVista activated its emergency response plan and notified the Alberta Energy Regulator.

“Our top priority is to ensure the safety of people, protection of the environment, and fish and wildlife,” said Jonathan Wright, NuVista Energy president and CEO. “We will ensure a full and proper cleanup and will investigate to ensure learnings and to avoid any recurrence.”

NuVista has hired North Shore Environmental Consultants to provide technical support for spill response, remediation and environmental assessment activities. The cause of the leak has yet to be identified.