Progress Continues on Pipeline Cleanup
Government of Alberta experts continue to work with representatives of the Energy Resources Conservation Board and Plains Midstream Canada to ensure cleanup of stretches of the Red Deer River and Gleniffer Lake following a pipeline release near Sundre on June 7.
Significant work is occurring with more than 180 workers onsite both overseeing and performing the clean up. The pipeline is now shut in, and the release is contained, using absorbent pads at the release point and booms deployed on Gleniffer Lake. Workers are also using a skimmer to remove oil on the water from the river and Glennifer Reservoir.
Water sampling to date indicates no risk to downstream drinking water below containment at Gleniffer Lake. Samples also indicate that the oil is not sinking to the bottom of the lake. Determining the impact on fish remains difficult, however, due to turbidity.