CALGARY, July 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Pembina Pipeline Corporation ("Pembina")
(TSX:PPL) is investigating an oil spill from its Moosehorn 8" gathering
pipeline, approximately three kilometers north of its Swan Hills
Terminal and Pump Station.
The company shut down the pipeline at 7:42 a.m. MT on July 19, 2011
after detecting a volume imbalance and initiating air and ground
investigations. The company found that it had a release of
approximately 1,300 barrels of crude oil along its right-of way and
into muskeg and an unnamed creek, but confirmed that oil had not
entered any named waterways or sources of drinking water.
Pembina has contained the spill, having installed booms and weirs, and
has isolated the section of the pipeline to reduce any further
potential impact. It has also dispatched clean-up crews to begin
"We take this kind of incident extremely seriously," said Bob
Michaleski, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are highly
committed to the safety of the communities in which we operate and to
the environment, and undertook immediate action to minimize any
potential impact to the land and waterways once we confirmed the
The company has made arrangements for affected shippers to transport
their production by truck to other area Pembina truck terminals.
The source and exact size of the spill is under investigation at this
time. Pembina has informed and is working closely with the appropriate
authorities and regulators.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation transports crude oil and natural gas
liquids produced in western Canada, owns and operates oil sands
pipelines and has a growing presence in the midstream & marketing and
gas services sectors. Pembina's common shares (PPL) and convertible
debentures (PPL.DB.C) are traded on the TSX.