July 17, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Melissa Ramsay, Global News
Oil and gas company Nexen’s automatic detection system didn’t detect a ruptured pipeline that resulted in a massive bitumen emulsion spill this week, senior vice-president Ron Bailey told reporters in Calgary Friday morning.
December 2, 2014 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Leslie Young, Global News
The 60,000 litres of crude spilled into northern Alberta muskeg last week is only the latest of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s operational accidents.
March 10, 2014 – Global News
Alberta’s Energy Regulator has rejected Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s request to start steam operations amid a series of spills that have been oozing bitumen nonstop since last May.
March 5, 2014 – Global News
The company whose northern Alberta spills have been oozing bitumen for 10 months nonstop has asked the province to let it start high-pressure steam operations less than a kilometre away from one of the spill areas.
Sept. 27, 2013 – Global News
A series of spills in northern Alberta is still oozing bitumen more than five months after the leaks began. And with no end in sight, Alberta’s Environment Ministry has taken what it says is an unprecedented step, asking Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to partially drain an oil-soaked water body before it freezes this winter and traps a bitumen gash underneath it.
Anna Mehler Paperny – Global News
Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes has been getting a rough ride lately over his pipeline safety review.
Commissioned in July, 2012, completed in December and made public the following August, the 54-page report compared Alberta’s pipeline regulations to those of other jurisdictions. Turns out they stack up well.
It did not, however, look at whether those rules are being followed and enforced.
Nor did it look at any actual pipeline incidents.
Leslie Young and Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News
A 9.5-million litre spill of oil-extraction wastewater detected in northwest Alberta this month was the province’s tenth largest “produced water” spill in almost four decades.
Anna Mehler Paperny and Leslie Young, Global News
Pipeline cleanup after a break northeast of Peace River, Alta., on May 4, 2011.
CALGARY AND TORONTO – The cracked pipe sleeve behind the second-biggest oil spill in Alberta’s history had been flagged as a hazard more than two decades earlier by the national regulator responsible for pipeline safety.