Regulator fines Murphy Oil $172,500 for northwestern Alberta pipeline spill
The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has issued a $172,500 fine to American oil and gas producer Murphy Oil Co. for a 2015 pipeline spill about 65 kilometres east of Peace River in
The spill went undetected from January to March of that year and released about 1.4 million litres of condensate, a light oil used to dilute heavy oil to allow it to flow in a pipeline.
The AER says Murphy has since repaired the pipeline and continues to remediate the 1.3-hectare impacted area.
Murphy was found to have failed in several areas, including taking reasonable steps to ensure it could detect a pipeline leak, evaluating its pipelines, reporting the release of condensate and immediately conducting remedial action after the release.
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The AER and Murphy reported at the time that no harm to wildlife had resulted.
The regulator says no damage was done to major waterways.
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