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Alberta NDP presses province for pipeline safety report

Alberta Energy ordered the safety report last summer following three oil pipeline spills.


May 8, 2013
by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – The Alberta New Democrats say it is time for the province to release its report on the safety of oil and natural gas pipelines in the province.

NDP environment critic Rachel Notley says the report must be made public and she released documents that suggest the province is requiring fewer inspections of new pipelines.

Alberta Energy ordered the safety report last summer following three oil pipeline spills, including a leak that polluted part of the pristine Red Deer River.

A Calgary firm completed the technical report last fall and presented the findings to the government.

Alberta Energy then sent the report to the Energy Resources Conservation Board for a review that was to be complete by March 31.

Alberta has more than 400,000 kilometres of provincially regulated oil and natural gas pipelines, many of them up to 40 or 50 years old.

©The Canadian Press