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Alberta regulator investigates CNRL well leak in troubled field

January 10, 2014 - 10:53 AM

COLD LAKE, Alta. - The Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating another leak from a Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) bitumen well near Cold Lake.

The regulator says 27,000 litres of contaminated water were released underground on Jan. 3 at the company's troubled Primrose field.

Darin Barter, a spokesman for the regulator, says the leak has been stopped.

He says none of the water reached the surface or contaminated underground aquifers.

Barter says the leak was caused by a well failure — unlike a leak last summer that also remains under investigation.

In the previous leak, more than a million litres of bitumen seeped to the surface.

The company says that leak was also due to well failure.

Barter says the regulator doesn't yet accept that explanation.

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