July 9, 2019 10:27 pm
Updated: July 9, 2019 10:38 pm

Plains Midstream proposes expansion of pipeline system that leaked 7 years ago

A boom stretches out to contain a pipeline leak on the Gleniffer reservoir near Innisfail, Alta., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Plains Midstream Canada says one of their non-functioning pipelines leaked between 1,000-3,000 barrels of sour crude near Sundre, Alberta, on June 7 and flowed downstream in the Red Deer river to the reservoir.


A pipeline company that was fined $1.3 million in 2014 after pleading guilty in two separate Alberta oil spills is announcing plans to expand its Canadian system.

READ MORE: Plains Midstream pleads guilty, fined $1.3 million for two oil spills

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Plains Midstream Canada, a subsidiary of Houston’s Plains All American Pipeline, says it is seeking commitments from shippers to expand its Rangeland crude oil pipeline system through Alberta from Edmonton south to the U.S. border.

It proposes doubling capacity to 100,000 bpd between Edmonton and Sundre, about 100 kilometres north of Calgary, while enlarging the system from Sundre south to the border from 20,000 bpd to 100,000 bpd.

The expansions, subject to regulatory approvals and obtaining permits, would be staged into service during the last half of 2019 with full capacity realized in 2021, and would fit in with other projects in Montana and Wyoming to ultimately deliver more Canadian crude to Texas.

In June 2012, Plains Midstream’s Rangeland pipeline ruptured under a river near Sundre and spilled nearly half a million litres of oil, closing popular recreational attraction Gleniffer Lake for three weeks.

READ MORE: Plains Midstream charged in 2012 oil pipeline leak into river

In April 2011, its Rainbow pipeline spilled 4.5 million litres of oil in northern Alberta.

Watch below: (From 2013) Plains Midstream Canada has been charged over a 2011 pipeline rupture that released nearly 1.2 million gallons of oil into the northern Alberta wetlands.

The company, which did not immediately return calls for comment on Tuesday, says on its website it spent $110 million on environmental cleanup efforts for both incidents.

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