Pipeline spill dumps 600,000 litres of contaminated waste water in northern Alberta

logo-green-guy-100THE CANADIAN PRESS JUNE 25, 2013

LITTLE BUFFALO, Alta. — Crews were digging up muskeg and pumping out contaminated waste water Tuesday in an effort to clean up a pipeline spill in northern Alberta near several aboriginal communities.

“Our focus right now is on aggressive action to contain, collect and mitigate the effects of the release,” said Greg Moffatt of Calgary-based PennWest Exploration, which owns the pipeline near Little Buffalo.

Initial reports last week that the spill involved 5,000 litres of oil were expanded when the company realized that up to 600,000 litres of what is known as “produced water” had also escaped.

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