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Pipeline leak by Grande Cache spills into nearby creek

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The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued an environmental protection order to ConocoPhillips for a pipeline leak discovered last week near Grande Cache. A pipeline failure caused 380,000 litres of condensate to spill 65 kilometres northeast of the town.

It drained into a creek, and most of the liquid is contained in a beaver pond. The AER says there have not been any impacts on wildlife so far, but the company has been ordered to immediately contain the release and prevent it from spreading. ConocoPhillips also has to collect water and soil samples for analysis, and develop both a wildlife mitigation and remediation plans.

Cleanup is already underway, along with an investigation into what caused the failure.

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