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NEWS RELEASE · 8th June 2012
Plains All American Pipeline
UPDATED: Jackson Creek, north of Sundre Alberta, which feeds into the Red Deer River system is near the Snake Head Ecological Reserve upstream of the Dickson Dam, which artificially created Gleniffer Lake.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. : Plains Midstream Canada responds to release near Sundre, Alberta

At approximately 8:40 p.m. MST on June 7, 2012, the Plains Midstream Canada 24-hour control centre in Olds, Alberta was notified by SPOG (Sundre Petroleum Operators Group) of a light sour crude oil release into Jackson Creek, a tributary of the Red Deer River near Sundre, AB.

Immediately upon receiving notification of the release, Plains' pipeline operations in the area were shut down and valves were closed to isolate area pipelines. The affected pipeline was not flowing oil at the time of the release.

Plains is working closely with the Energy Resources Conservation Board, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta Heath Services and emergency responders. Plains has air monitoring equipment in place and will continue to monitor air quality; Plains is also working with Alberta Health Services to monitor water quality.

Plains' first priorities are to ensure the safety of community members and workers, and to minimize environmental impacts. Emergency crews were dispatched to the area and response efforts are underway.

Light sour crude oil has a strong petroleum odour but this odour does not pose a health or safety risk to the public. Plains is monitoring air and water quality closely and will notify residents of any changes.

Preliminary estimates suggest a volume of approximately 1,000-3,000 barrels of crude oil were released. Aircraft are being dispatched to survey the scene. The cause of the pipeline release is under investigation.

This is preliminary news advisory and updates will be provided as further information becomes available. The next media update is planned for mid-morning on Friday, June 8.

UPDATE on pipeline system and location.

From Wikipedia
Gleniffer Lake is an artificial lake in central Alberta.

The lake is formed along the Red Deer River upstream of the Dickson Dam.

It lies at an elevation of 945 metres (3,100 ft), and is approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long and 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide. This lake is located south of Highway 54 and east of the Cowboy Trail, 36 kilometres (22 mi) west of Innisfail, Alberta and 36 kilometres (22 mi) east of Caroline.

The lake has a surface of 17.6 square kilometres (6.8 sq mi), and a watershed of 5,610 square kilometres (2,170 sq mi). It has an average depth of 11.6 metres (38 ft), and reaches a maximum of 33 metres (108 ft).[1]

There are 3 resort developments located on the shores of Gleniffer Lake.

From Plains Pipeline
The Rangeland system includes the Mid Alberta Pipeline ("MAPL") and the Rangeland Pipeline.

MAPL is a 139-mile proprietary pipeline with a throughput capacity of approximately 50,000 barrels per day if transporting light crude oil. Currently, MAPL originates in Edmonton, Alberta and terminates in Sundre, Alberta, where it connects to the Rangeland Pipeline. We plan to reverse MAPL allowing for flow from Rangeland's Sundre terminal directly to Edmonton.

The Rangeland Pipeline is a proprietary pipeline system that consists of approximately 761 miles of gathering and trunk pipelines and is capable of transporting crude oil, condensate and butane either north to Edmonton, Alberta via third-party pipeline connections (or on our system once MAPL is reversed) or south to the U.S./Canadian border near Cutbank, Montana, where it connects to our Western Corridor system. The trunk pipeline from Sundre, Alberta to the U.S./Canadian border consists of approximately 264 miles of trunk pipelines and has a current throughput capacity of approximately 83,000 barrels per day if transporting light crude oil.

The trunk system from Sundre, Alberta north to Rimbey, Alberta is a bi-directional system that consists of three parallel trunk pipelines: a 56-mile pipeline for low sulfur crude oil, a 56-mile pipeline for high sulfur crude oil, and a 50 mile pipeline for condensate and butane. From Rimbey, third-party pipelines move product north to Edmonton.

For 2008, approximately 34,000 barrels per day of crude oil was transported on the segment of the pipeline from Sundre north to Edmonton and approximately 24,000 barrels per day was transported on the pipeline from Sundre south to the United States. There is approximately 80,000 barrels of tankage at the pipeline terminals at Edmonton. An additional 240,000 barrels of tankage is under construction at Edmonton and is expected to be completed in 2009.
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Comment by Robert Sallows on 8th June 2012
If Harper and his cronies get their way.this will be coming to a river near you in B.C.
Imagine Half million milk cartons of crude!
Comment by denis gagne on 8th June 2012
The industry-standard oil barrel contains 42 US gallons of oil. One US gallon = 3.785 liters. So;
3,000 barrels x 42 gallons x 3.785 liters = about 477,000 liters.

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