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Apache 2013 pipeline spill - update

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World Pipelines,

Apache Canada Ltd. has been charged with seven counts for contraventions of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Public Lands Act, and the Pipeline Act. The charges follow a pipeline spill on 25 October 2013, of approximately 1800 m3 of produced water impacting an area of over 3.8 ha 33 km northwest of Zama City, Alberta.

The hearing

First appearance is scheduled for 7 December 2015, in High Level Provincial Court. On 7 July 2015, the AER directed Apache to take steps necessary to address issues with its internal pipeline management system. The AER issued the maximum administrative penalty of CAN$16 500 and four orders.

More information on this matter can be found here.

AER investigations

The AER continues its investigation into one additional Apache incident, which may be subject to further enforcement action. Failure to adhere to all terms of the AER orders will result in further enforcement.

The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.

Edited from source by Stephanie Roker

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