05 May '11, 10am

Largest Oil Spill In 36 Years Hits Alberta:

Largest Oil Spill In 36 Years Hits Alberta:

Northern Alberta is currently coping with their largest oil leak in over 30 years . Over 28,000 barrels (4 million litres) of oil leaked from a pipeline near Little Buffalo last weekend. The Rainbow Pipeline originates at Rainbow Lake, Alberta and runs south to Edmonton, Alberta. It carries approximately 187,000 barrels of oil per day. The leak was discovered Friday, after Plains Midstream Canada (the company that owns the pipeline) discovered the pressure in the pipeline was lower than normal. The spill was stopped that day, but the exact volume of oil spilled was not released until today -- and not by the company. The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) released the data , stating it took several days for crews to reach the remote, heavily forested area and fully assess the damage. The spill has spread along the path of the pipeline, but remained away from flowing...

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