CALGARY, June 18 /CNW/ - Pembina Pipeline Corporation personnel continue
containment, assessment and clean-up activities related to a release of sweet
crude oil into the Red Deer River, approximately five kilometres north of
Sundre, AB and approximately 30 kilometres south of Gleniffer Lake.
Crews are recovering oil sheen and debris collected from a containment
boom where the river enters the west end of Glennifer Lake. A second boom is
in place near the spillway at the east end of the lake. Between these
locations, Pembina crews are using drag booms and a skimmer barge to collect
any oil sheen detected on the lake. As well, the clean-up of oil sheen and
oily debris on the lake shoreline and of small isolated hydrocarbon
accumulations along the river continues.
Pembina has been contacting residents between the pipeline river crossing
and Gleniffer Lake, and is updating the managers of the Carefree Resort and
Gleniffer Resort for communications to both on- and off-site residents.
Pembina has arranged for an alternative water supply for the two resorts,
which ordinarily draw water from the lake.
In addition to sampling and testing activities by regulatory agencies,
Pembina has retained an independent environmental consulting firm to collect
and analyze water samples to assist in the response planning. As well, the
firm is assisting Pembina in the development of an on-going river, groundwater
and sediment monitoring and sampling program.
Pembina personnel continue to inspect lake and river shorelines by
helicopter and on foot and have not observed any distressed wildlife,
waterfowl or fish.
Pembina has begun posting its daily report to Alberta Environment on its
website. The first posting was at 2 pm today.
Pembina has been advised by Alberta Environment that Gleniffer Lake will
be closed to boating until after the weekend.
For further information: Brad Smith, Manager, System Integrity, Pembina
Pipeline Corporation, (403) 231-7472