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Pipeline spills 40,000 litres of crude oil in Alberta, Canada

A pipeline in Alberta, Canada has ruptured, spilling 40,000 litres of crude oil into a creek that flows into the North Saskatchewan River, the Alberta Energy Regulator has reported.

In a notice on the regulator’s website, the incident took place on 15 August on a pipeline operated by Bonterra Energy, around 14km south of Drayton Valley in Alberta. The line was subsequently shut in and depressurised, and containment booms installed.

Bonterra discovered a rupture that was leaking oil into Washout Creek, which flows into the North Saskatchewan River – the source of water supply to the city of Edmonton. The company added that it is removing the crude oil with booms and vacuums, and will mitigate the effect on wildlife by setting up barriers and using visual deterrents.

The clean-up and recovery process is expected to continue for around three weeks, according to Bonterra.