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Energy regulator orders water delivery to Alberta farm contaminated by gas plant

Alberta's energy regulator has ordered an energy company to start trucking water to a family farm near Edson where leaking chemicals have contaminated groundwater.
Alberta's energy regulator has ordered an energy company to start trucking water to a family farm near Edson where leaking chemicals have contaminated groundwater.

EDMONTON – Alberta’s energy regulator has ordered an energy company to start trucking water to a family farm where leaking chemicals have contaminated groundwater.

Bonavista Energy bought the plant from Suncor in 2010, well after the leaks began.

The lawyer for the Saken family near Edson says both companies responsible still have to step up with a long-term solution for the farm.

The Sakens’ wells have been poisoned by a chemical that has leaked for years from a nearby gas plant now owned by Bonavista Energy.

Experts say the water will be tainted for at least a decade, ending the family’s ability to expand or sell their operation.

The energy regulator says Bonavista must come up with a plan to haul enough water for the Sakens and their dairy cattle.

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