Cold Lake Pipeline springs a leak at Strathcona terminal
Inter Pipeline confirmed one of its pipelines leaked crude oil into a creek adjacent to its Strathcona Terminal in Edmonton.
The company says it was made aware of the spill last Friday afternoon (April 21) after workers from Imperial Oil discovered the leak during routine maintenance. Crews managed to contain the spill before it reached the North Saskatchewan River.
The leak originated from the Cold Lake pipeline, which transports 558,000 bbl/day of diluted bitumen from in-situ operators in the Cold Lake region to both the Edmonton and Hardisty Terminals. Shippers on the line include Cenovus, CNRL and Imperial Oil.
The affected segment of pipe has since been isolated but the rest of the line remains operational. The company expects repairs will continue over the next few weeks. There were no impacts to production or crude deliveries on the line.
Inter Pipeline estimates the volume of crude released was approximately 141 cubic meters (or about 900 barrels), 85% of which has already been recovered. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) also reported some impacts to wildlife. The company expects remaining volumes to be fully removed over the next week.
Inter Pipeline says it is collaborating with both the AER and Environment Canada. The cause of the pipe failure is still under investigation.