Energy - - Jan 25,2017
An oil pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has cracked leading to 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil to spill in an aboriginal community.
Oil pipelines are viewed as a critical lifeline to transport crude to the coast by the oil-rich provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, but they have drawn serious opposition from environmental as well as indigenous groups.
The provincial government was informed late in the afternoon on Friday, and since then 170,000 liters have been recovered, said assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of the Economy, Doug McKnight.
McKnight further commented that Tundra Energy Marketing, which possesses a line adjacent to the spill, is prominently active in the cleanup efforts.
In the past seven months, it is the second major incident in Saskatchewan linked to oil pipeline leakage. The previous event involved a Husky Energy Inc. pipeline which leaked 225,000 liters into a river and restricted drinking water supply for two cities.
Currently, it was not immediately clear how the incident happened or which company controls the underground pipeline which leaked a major amount of oil.
Tundra, a privately managed unit of Canadian grain trading and energy conglomerate James Richardson and Sons, delivered a statement saying it is helping with all levels of government and will make sure the affected land is renewed appropriately.
McKnight announced that the oil pipeline spill has been contained in the low-lying area where it was actually discovered. On Friday, Ocean Man Chief Connie Big Eagle detailed that the spill was 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter.
The chief also informed that Ocean Man has 540 residents, with around one-third living on the reserve. However, there are no homes near the spill but the central area is 400 meters from the local cemetery.