Pipeline spill in Northwest Alberta releases thousands of litres of wastewater

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Pipeline spill in Northwest Alberta releases thousands of litres of wastewater

A pipeline spill has occurred last week in northwest Alberta, releasing about 100,000 litres of water mixed with salt and hydrocarbons.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) reported earlier this week that the spill, located some 45 kilometres southeast of Peace River, happened last Wednesday from a pipeline owned by Baytex Energy.

Baytex issued a statement earlier this week saying it implemented its emergency response plan the moment it learned of the spill. The company also claimed to have contained the spill, and that it has made considerable progress in the cleanup process.

CBC News reported that the cause of the spill is still being investigated.

The AER stated that it is overseeing the cleanup. The regulator also noted that so far, there have been no bodies of water or wildlife that have been affected by the spill.

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