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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 03:49 PM

2nd largest pipeline spill in Alberta history leads to charges

The company that owns a pipeline that leaked 28,000 barrels of crude oil near a First Nations community in northwest Alberta the largest spill in the province in 35 years is now facing environmental charges.

Plains Midstream Canada ULC is facing three counts under the province's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

The April 2011 spill of almost 4.5 million litres of oil contaminated more than three hectares of beaver ponds and muskeg in a densely forested area.

Lubicon Cree residents of Little Buffalo, 30 kilometres from the spill site northeast of Peace River, claimed fumes from the leaking crude made them sick with nausea, burning eyes and headaches.

The community closed its school and ordered children to stay at home.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/04/26/edmonton-plains-midstream-oil-spill-charges.html

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