Firm apol­o­gizes for big pipeline spill

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WEEKEND BUSINESS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Oil and gas com­pany Nexen Energy apol­o­gized Fri­day for a pipeline break that spilled about 1.3 mil­lion gal­lons ( five mil­lion litres) of a mix­ture of bi­tu­men, wa­ter and sand at its Long Lake oil­sands fa­cil­ity in north­ern Al­berta this week.

The com­pany, which was taken over by China's CNOOC Ltd. in 2013, said the af­fected area is about 172,000 square feet (16,000 square me­ters) along the pipeline's route.

Nexen said the spill was dis­cov­ered Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and it's since been con­tained. Bai­ley said Nexen shut down the pipeline as soon as the leak was de­tected.

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