has announced that its parent company, Lubetech, has set up containment booms at a key reservoir in west central Alberta to stop crude oil flowing in the swollen Red Deer River from a pipeline leak north of Sundre.
Water intake valves along the 56-kilometre spill path have been shut in and residents downstream of the town to Gleniffer Lake were notified of the incident, Alberta Environment said Friday.
Lubetech reports that residents along the banks of the river have already reported the stench of sour oil and sightings of dead wildlife. These reports follow a 1,000 to 3,000 barrel spill into a tributary north of Sundre, about 80 km north west of Calgary, Thursday evening.
According to Canada's National Post Pipeline operator, Plains Midstream Canada said it shut down its Rangeland pipeline operations immediately following notification of the leak at Jackson Creek.
The company said the strong odour resulting from the oil did not pose a health of safety risk to the public.
Lubetech notes that this spill is much smaller than last year’s 28,000 bbl spill from the Rainbow Pipeline and last month’s 22,000 bbl. spill into Alberta’s muskeg, but will be especially difficult to clean up.