The Canada Energy Regulator said it had been notified and would monitor the situation following Friday’s oil spill in southern Alberta.
The CER said the crude oil was released at a pumping station on the Enbridge Express pipeline, 270 kilometers northeast of Calgary, near Youngstown.
Preliminary reports show that 20,000 liters (or about 126 barrels) of oil was released on the company’s assets, and 75 liters (or half a barrel) leaked into a nearby farmer’s farm. The CER said in a statement that there were no cattle at the time.
The entire volume of the spill is under investigation.
Cleaning work in progress.
The line was initially closed, but reopened on Friday evening, after it was deemed safe to do so, Enbridge said in a statement.
“There are no immediate security issues and we are fully cooperating with the regulators in our response,” Enbridge said.
No water or wildlife carcasses were affected, and the Calgary-based company said it had seized all of the standing oil off-site.
The CER said it had appointed an inspection officer to monitor the company’s response.
“CER’s first priority is to protect people and the environment. Enbridge is responsible for ensuring that the site is clean and that their response is in line with CER’s strict safety and environmental standards,” CER said.
The Express Pipeline, which began operations in 1997, transports up to 280,000 barrels per day from Hardiste to Casper in Wyoming.