By EDWARD WELSCH
CALGARY, Alberta -- Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes
called for an independent review of pipeline safety in the
province following a number of oil spills this year.
Mr. Hughes requested that Alberta's energy regulator, the
Energy Resources Conservation Board, work with an independent
third party to review pipeline safety and accident response,
according to a government statement.
"The energy industry is the economic lifeblood of our
province, and at the same time we want to ensure that Albertans
have clean water, clean land and clean air," Mr. Hughes
"Today we are taking significant steps to ensure this will
be the case for decades to come."
Alberta is the largest oil-and-gas-producing province in
Canada, and is crossed by nearly 250,000 miles of
The review will look at Alberta's regulations regarding
pipeline integrity, the safety of pipelines crossing waterways
and how accidents are handled and compare with best practices
from around the world. A report will be submitted to Mr. Hughes
at the end of the review.
There were three major pipeline incidents in Alberta in May
In June, Plains All American Pipeline spilled up to 3,000
bbl into a reservoir near the small resort town of Sundre,
Alberta, and an Enbridge pipeline spilled about 1,450 bbl in
eastern Alberta last month.
In May, Pace Oil & Gas spilled some 5,000 bbl from a
well in a remote corner of northwestern Alberta.
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