AER takes Nexen to court
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has pressed charges against Nexen for spilling 125,000 barrels of emulsion at its Long Lake facility back in July 2015.
The regulator says they've "been gathering and reviewing the evidence to determine the cause of this incident and whether the company complied with AER requirements."
- releasing a substance that may have caused harm to the environment
- failing to report the release on time
- failing to take all reasonable measures to remediate the spill, and
- causing a disturbance to public land.
AER president Jim Ellis says laying charges helps "ensure that potential offenders are held accountable" for their actions, particularly when the AER believes regulations are not being followed.
Nexen’s first court appearance is scheduled for August 16, 2017 in a Fort McMurray provincial court. Nexen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China's CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corp), who purchased the Canadian oil & gas producer in 2012.