Pipeline spill near Rainbow Lake

There’s confirmation of another Alberta pipeline spill.  This one is in northwest corner of the province near Rainbow Lake, about 100 kilometres northwest of High Level, which is north of Peace River.

Initial reports put the spill at about 100 thousand litres of a mixture of wastewater, oil and gas, which leaked on the Hay Lake First Nation.

Calgary-based NuVista Energy owns the six-inch diameter oil emulsion pipeline, which runs from an oil testing facility to an oil battery.

It says last Friday afternoon, a helicopter crew doing regular daily inspection and maintenance work saw a “small area of stressed vegetation” along the route of the pipeline, and it was shut down immediately.

It a statement this week, NuVista said, so far, there have been no reports of harm to wildlife, and a two-metre-high fence has been put up to prevent animals from getting into the site.

In addition an initial survey indicates an area of about 110 metres by 120 metres has been affected and mats were laid down to allow heavy equipment into the remote site.

There’s no word yet on what caused the leak but NuVista says an investigation is underway and Alberta Energy Regulator and First Nations officials inspected the property on Sunday.

In its company overview NuVista cites as its primary development focus, the Montney play, which stretches all the way from just south of Fort Nelson, southeast through Fort St. John and across the border to a point southeast of Grande Prairie.

Company President and CEO Jonathan Wright has issued a post spill statement predictably saying, safety and protecting the environment are top priorities for his company…and it responded within minutes upon learning there was a problem.