Produced Water Spills from Husky Energy Oil Pipeline

(P&GJ) — A produced water spill was discovered during a routine inspection on a Husky Energy oil pipeline in northwestern Alberta on Monday.

The six-inch pipeline, which runs from Husky's Rainbow Lake facility to an injection well, was immediately shut in and government regulators were notified.

The water is contained in the pipeline right-of-way and adjacent area of approximately 100 meters by 100 meters in muskeg, which is a mixture of water, peat moss and grass.

Husky originally estimated the spill to be 132,000 gallons but has since revised its estimate to 238,000 gallons.

The Alberta Energy Regulator was onsite and stated there was no effects to wildlife in the area.

Husky stated preliminary testing and sampling determined an elevated saline content in the produced water, and no residual hydrogen sulfide has been detected by personal monitors on-site.

Rainbow Lake is approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) west of High Level.

“Husky's first priority is the safety of its people and neighbors, and the protection of the environment,” spokeswoman Dawn Delaney said in a statement.

”We are working closely with regulators and will be undertaking a thorough investigation of this incident.”

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