River not threatened by oil slick | DrumhellerMail
Last updateTue, 18 Jun 2024 12pm

River not threatened by oil slick

Drumheller Fire Chief Bill Bachynski told The Mail, according to information received so far an oil spill which occurred upstream from the Dickson Dam has been contained, and there is no threat to communities downstream.

A leak was discovered on June 15 in a sweet crude pipeline licensed to Pembina Pipelines, about five kilometres north of the Town of Sundre. The line was running under the Red Deer River. Between 75 and 125 barrels of oil were spilled into the river, according to an Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) release.

An oil sheen has been detected on Glennifer Lake, about 30 kilometres downstream from the site of the leak.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” said Bachynski.”

Cheryl Robb of Alberta Environment says a boom has been set up at the mouth of the river, which has been successful in stopping much of the spill. A second boom has also been set up near the Dickson dam. Helicopter inspections of the river are being done, and water samples have been taken.

"Pembina has been walking the banks to monitor for impact on wildlife, right now there isn't any," said Robb.

Davis Sheremata of the ERCB, says they will be launching an investigation into the incident.

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