Pipeline in Alberta began leaking between June 29 and July 15 Nexen

Nexen Energy said a major oil pipeline leak detected last week in northern Alberta started some time within a two-week period dating back to late June.Ron Bailey, the company’s senior vice-president of Canadian operations, said officials still don’t know precisely when the pipeline ruptured.Bailey said the company believes the pipeline started leaking between June 29, when crews finished a cleaning, and July 15, when a contractor discovered it.The spill of about five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water was discovered near Nexen’s Long Lake oilsands facility, about 35 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray.Nexen Energy said the pipeline was installed last year and a warning system didn’t detect the leak.On Sunday, a dead duck was found at the site of the spill, but the company said it believes the animal died before it put fences,wildlife cannons and other deterrents in place.The affected area is about 16,000 square metres.Bailey said it will take months before the company can determine what caused the leak.(The Canadian Press) by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 22, 2015 3:22 pm MDT Pipeline in Alberta began leaking between June 29 and July 15: Nexen Energy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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