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Fort McMurray First Nation wants long-term clean-up of Nexen spill

A Nexen-supplied image of a pipeline oil spill near the Long Lake oil sands operation is shown at a press conference in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 17, 2015.
A Nexen-supplied image of a pipeline oil spill near the Long Lake oil sands operation is shown at a press conference in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 17, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – The Fort McMurray First Nation says it wants a massive pipeline spill on their lands cleaned up with the long term in mind.

Band councillor Byron Bates says the land on which a Nexen pipeline spilled five-million litres of bitumen last week isn’t used by his people as much as it used to be. But he says industry will eventually be done with the area.

When that happens, he says his people expect that events such as last week’s spill will have left no lingering traces in the environment.

Bates says he was amazed at the area the spill covers.

WATCH: Chopper footage shot on Friday shows the extent of the massive oil spill caused by a Nexen pipeline rupture near Fort McMurray

Clean-up crews have built a road to the site and are vacuuming up oily fluids.

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Nexen is posting daily updates of the efforts on its website.

The Alberta Energy Regulator is also on scene.

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