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Gleniffer Lake set to reopen for Canada day long weekend

Officials say Gleniffer Lake will reopen in time for the Canada Day long weekend, after an oilspill in the waterway in early June.

Plains Midstream Canada discovered a leak in one of their pipelines in west-central Alberta on June 8th, and closed off the network of area pipelines.

The leak sent up to 475,000 litres of crude oil flowing into a rain-swollen Red Deer River system and Gleniffer Lake reservoir.

Clean-up efforts began on June 9th, and the area was closed off to nearby residents.

While the majority of Gleniffer Lake will reopen for the July long weekend, the far southwest corner near Dickson Point will remain closed.

Officials do, however, caution that clean-up efforts are ongoing, and residents are advised to continue using caution when accessing the Red Deer River shoreline near the release point of the leak. The clean-up will be ongoing until provincial environmental standards are met.

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Tests show that water quality in Gleniffer Lake is within Alberta’s standards, and water quality will continue to be monitored.

More information on water quality monitoring is available online at: http://environment.alberta.ca/04036.html