Nexen Energy to provide update on Alberta oil spill

Five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water discovered July 15 near the Long Lake oil sands facility.

ANZAC, Alta. — Nexen Energy is scheduled to give an update today on its cleanup efforts following a major oil pipeline leak last week in northern Alberta.

The spill of about 5 million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water was discovered by a contractor July 15 near Nexen’s Long Lake oil sands facility, about 35 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray.

The company says the pipeline was installed last year and a warning system didn’t detect the leak.

It is investigating.

On July 19, a dead duck was found at the site of the spill, but the company says it believes the animal died before it put fences, wildlife cannons and other deterrents in place.

The affected area is about 16,000 square metres.

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