Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Energy Regulator Says Charges Laid against Apache Canada for 2013 Spill

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Energy Regulator Says Charges Laid against Apache Canada for 2013 Spill

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Apache Canada charged for 2013 pipeline spill

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CALGARY - An energy company with a troubled safety history is facing seven charges related to a pipeline spill that leaked roughly 1.8 million litres of contaminated water in a remote area of northwestern Alberta.

Apache Canada Ltd. has been charged under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Public Lands Act and the Pipeline Act for the October 2013 spill near Zama City that leaked a mix of water, salt, oil and minerals onto more than 3.8 hectares of land.

Alberta Energy Regulator spokesman Ryan Bartlett says the company faces a maximum penalty of $3.1 million for all charges.

Earlier this year, the regulator fined the company the maximum administrative penalty of $16,500 and issued four orders to improve pipeline safety after it conducted a comprehensive investigation into Apache for failing to follow regulations.

The regulator says that between June 2013 and October 2014 the Texas-based company had six pipeline incidents that caused loss or damage to public lands and potential environmental impact. …

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