October 13, 2016 - 12:49 PM
CALGARY - Trilogy Energy says the pipeline leak it discovered late last week in north central Alberta has covered an area about three hectares in size with oil emulsion — about the size of five CFL fields.
In an update posted to its website late Tuesday, the Calgary-based oil and gas producer says it still doesn't know the volume of the spill into marshland about 15 kilometres from Fox Creek.
The posting says that company president John Williams and other managers travelled to the remote scene Tuesday to meet with the cleanup team and assess the extent of the spill.
It says the pipeline has been shut down and purged. Staff on site include environmental and wildlife specialists working with representatives of the Alberta Energy Regulator.
The regulator said last week that the oil emulsion that leaked is about 50 per cent water and 50 per cent oil.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the spill was the size of four football fields.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2016