Bonterra Energy Corp pipeline spills 40,000 litres (~250 barrels) oil into Washout Creek, which flows into North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton’s drinking water supply

2016 08 29: Where’s the AER’s “due diligence?” Why permit oil and gas wells and fracing so close to waterways? Bonterra Energy cleaning up after pump jack “falls” into Washout Creek near Drayton Valley

40,000-litre crude oil spill being cleaned up by Drayton Valley by Edmonton CTV News, August 18, 2019

Snap below from AER’s compliance dashboard:

Pipeline rupture sends 40,000 litres of oil into Alberta creek by The Canadian Press, Aug 18, 2019, CBC News

The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline has spilled 40,000 litres (roughly 250 barrels) of crude oil into a creek. Creek flows into source of Edmonton water supply

A few of the comments:

Mike LaRiviere
Our corporate citizens heading the oil industry are looking after our environment – just like they always have – right?! Just like they always have, is correct but they’re not looking after it like it needs to be. Kenney is at war with the public interest and is willing to do whatever the big oil wants, just like the good lap dog that he is. And if we counted all the oil spills that don’t get reported we’d be dealing with this quite differently.

Jack Jones
Well, there you go. More damage to the planet minimized by the highly unreliable and O & G apologist AER. It’s true.

Pipeline rupture sends 40,000 litres of oil into Alberta creek by The Canadian Press, August 18, 2019, Calgary Herald

DRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. — The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline has spilled 40,000 litres of crude oil into a creek.

The regulator says on its website that the incident happened Thursday on a Bonterra Energy Corp. line 14 kilometres south of Drayton Valley, Alta.

It says the line was shut in and depressurized, and that containment booms were installed.

The AER says no impacts to wildlife were reported.

Calgary-based Bonterra says in a news release that it began investigating a problem with the pipeline at 8 a.m. Thursday, and at 1 p.m. it discovered a rupture that was leaking into Washout Creek.

It says it is removing the oil with booms and vacuums, and is mitigating the effect on wildlife by setting up barriers as well as visual deterrents that include having people present.

Washout Creek flows into the North Saskatchewan River, which is the source of Edmonton’s water supply, and Bonterra says it has placed additional booms where the creek meets the river as an extra precaution.

The company says cleanup and recovery is expected to continue for the next three weeks.

A comment:

Montgomery Gotfriend
This industry is so incompetent and careless towards the environment. How can they keep defending themselves as green, safe and responsible when incidents like this continue to happen constantly? I’m surprised the herald didn’t censor this story like they usually do whenever any inconvenient facts facts or incidents surface regarding pipelines.


No news release on Bonterra’s website, as of August 18, 2019:

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