The Globe says Talisman Canada spokeswoman Berta Gomez has confirmed the pond was taken out of service, and says the incident was reported to the provincial Oil and Gas Commission, which is overseeing remediation at the Montney gas play site.
Preliminary tests have shown leaching of chemicals into nearby soil and groundwater, but, according to Gomez, the amounts are small and are not considered a threat to human health or the environment. The article goes on to say an outside company has been engaged to assess the site and conduct more tests, and that the pond has been drained and soil is being excavated and removed for disposal.
It’s reported the pond in question is 80 metres long by 60 metres wide and about 12 metres deep, and Gomez has reportedly said Talisman uses these ponds to reduce the amount of fresh water it needs.
It has not yet been determined how much fluid leaked, but the newspaper quotes an OGC spokesperson as confirming about 4,600 cubic metres of soil has been excavated so far, with another 300 cubic metres expected to be removed.
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