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Enbridge shuts down area pipelines after leak in Strathcona County

Enbridge crews respond to a pipeline spill in Strathcona County Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.
Enbridge crews respond to a pipeline spill in Strathcona County Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Aaron Streck, Global News

Enbridge shut down its pipelines in the Strathcona County area after a “suspected third-party line strike” on its Line 2A pipeline in an industrial site on Friday.

The company’s control centre “immediately shut down its pipelines in the area in accordance with its leak detection system, and as a precaution,” Enbridge said in a news release Saturday.

The incident did cause a leak on the pipeline and the company estimates 200 cubic metres of “light crude condensate” was spilled.

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According to Enbridge’s website, the Line 2A transports crude oil and liquids. It’s a 24-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline that runs 959 kilometres from Enbridge’s Edmonton terminal to the Cromer terminal near Cromer, MB.

Enbridge believes the leak was caused by third-party construction activity in the area “unrelated to Enbridge but crossing Enbridge’s right of way.”

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Crews are working to clean up the leak, which is contained in an excavation pit, the company said. The location is privately owned industrial land south of the Edmonton terminal. Enbridge is in contact with the landowner.

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“Air quality monitoring has been initiated and there is no risk to public safety,” Enbridge said in the news release.

“Protection of the environment and the public are our first priorities and we are focused on response and recovery of the product. Equipment is mobilized on site and crews are working around the clock to actively manage recovery and initiate cleanup.”

The National Energy Board and Transportation Safety Board have been notified.