Why is 320,000 litre spill 36 km NE of Swan Hills splashed all over the media, but not the bigger 460,000 litre spill in AER’s Frac Frenzy Blanket Approval Pilot Project 6 km from Town of Fox Creek? Because it was a frac hit? AER instructing media to deflect concerned Canadians in another direction?

Something smells at the law-violating Hanky Panky AER!

Why no reporting of this much bigger spill so close to a town in Alberta?

Frac Hit at Fox Creek? Wanna bet industry’s pet lamb, AER, will issue no fine? 460,000 litres fluids & contaminated water spews forth from abandoned Sprocket Energy Corp well 6 km SW of Fox Creek, Nothing reported in the media!

Cardinal Energy cleaning up after 320,000 litres of oil and produced water spills near Swan Hills, Alta. by The Canadian Press, July 17, 2019, Edmonton Star

SWAN HILLS, ALTA.—A large spill of crude oil and produced water at a Cardinal Energy facility near Swan Hills is being cleaned up.

The Alberta Energy Regulator has few details about Saturday’s spill on its compliance reporting website.

It says 320,000 litres of the substances leaked after a problem with pump equipment.

The regulator says no wildlife has been affected.

Cardinal Energy chief executive officer Scott Ratushny says in a statement that the spill happened at its House Mountain operations about 36 kilometres northeast of Swan Hills, Alta.

He says it was noticed by their staff and took place as a result of a mechanical failure on a transfer pump.

“Most of the fluid release was captured within the safety containment berm surrounding the facility,” said Ratushny in the statement. “It is estimated that 99 per cent of the spill has been recovered.

“The company’s emergency response plan was immediately implemented.”

Ratushny said they continue to work with the regulator, safety and health agencies in implementing their spill response and clean-up plans.

“At present, we are working to reduce the potential impact to the environment and local stakeholders,” he said. “There have been no injuries as a result of the incident, nor any impacts to wildlife or water bodies.”

Swan Hills is about 220 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

320,000 litres of oil and produced water spills at Alberta facility by The Canadian Press, July 17, 2019, CTV News

SWAN HILLS, Alta. – A large spill of crude oil and produced water at a Cardinal Energy facility near Swan Hills is being cleaned up.

The Alberta Energy Regulator has few details about Saturday’s spill on its compliance reporting website.

It says 320,000 litres of the substances leaked after a problem with pump equipment.

The regulator says no wildlife has been affected.

Cardinal Energy chief executive officer Scott Ratushny says in a statement that the spill happened at its House Mountain operations about 36 kilometres northeast of Swan Hills, Alta.

He says it was noticed by their staff and took place as a result of a mechanical failure on a transfer pump.

“Most of the fluid release was captured within the safety containment berm surrounding the facility,” said Ratushny in the statement. “It is estimated that 99 per cent of the spill has been recovered.

“The company’s emergency response plan was immediately implemented.”

Ratushny said they continue to work with the regulator, safety and health agencies in implementing their spill response and clean-up plans.

“At present, we are working to reduce the potential impact to the environment and local stakeholders,” he said. “There have been no injuries as a result of the incident, nor any impacts to wildlife or water bodies.”

Swan Hills is about 220 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

Cleanup underway after 320,000 litres of oil, produced water leaks at northern Alberta energy site by Phil Heidenreich, July 17, 209, Global News

The Alberta Energy Regulator posted some details about the spill on its website. The AER said it has been told that a total of 320,000 litres of substances leaked, half of which was crude oil and the other half of which was produced water.

“However, these estimates have not been confirmed by the AER,” the regulator said in an email to Global News. “There have been no reported impacts to the public or wildlife, and cleanup is underway.

“AER staff have been in contact with the company to ensure all response requirements are being met.”

According to Cardinal Energy, the Calgary-based company became aware of the spill at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In an email to Global News on Wednesday, the company’s CEO said the fluid was “released at the facility as a result of a mechanical failure on a transfer pump.

“Most of the fluid release was captured within the safety containment berm surrounding the facility,” Scott Ratushny said. “It is estimated that 99 per cent of the spill has been recovered.”

“The company’s emergency response plan was immediately implemented, which included ensuring the source of the release was shut in immediately and contacting and transporting services to the site to aid in containing and collecting the release.”

Ratushny said the company is currently “working to reduce the potential impact to the environment and local stakeholders.”

“There have been no injuries as a result of the incident, nor any impacts to wildlife or water bodies,” he added.

Ratushny said the House Mountain site is located about 36 kilometres northeast of Swan Hills, Alta. Swan Hills is located about 225 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

Cardinal Energy cleaning up after 320,000 litres of oil and produced water spills near Swan Hills, Alta., ’99 per cent of the spill has been recovered,’ company says by The Canadian Press,, Jul 17, 2019, CBC News

A large spill of crude oil and produced water at a Cardinal Energy facility near Swan Hills is being cleaned up.

The Alberta Energy Regulator has few details about Saturday’s spill on its compliance reporting website.

It says 320,000 litres of the substances leaked after a problem with pump equipment.

The regulator says no wildlife has been affected.

Cardinal Energy chief executive officer Scott Ratushny says in a statement that the spill happened at its House Mountain operations about 36 kilometres northeast of Swan Hills, Alta.

He says it was noticed by their staff and took place as a result of a mechanical failure on a transfer pump.

“Most of the fluid release was captured within the safety containment berm surrounding the facility,” said Ratushny in the statement. “It is estimated that 99 per cent of the spill has been recovered.

“The company’s emergency response plan was immediately implemented.”

Ratushny said they continue to work with the regulator, safety and health agencies in implementing their spill response and clean-up plans.

“At present, we are working to reduce the potential impact to the environment and local stakeholders,” he said. “There have been no injuries as a result of the incident, nor any impacts to wildlife or water bodies.”

Swan Hills is about 220 kilometres northwest of Edmonton

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Reported at many other media outlets, but not the bigger spill 6 km from The Town of Fox Creek!

Refer also to:

Why isn’t AER’s Fox Creek Frac Frenzy Regulatory Failure front page news? AER releases evaluation of its Play-Based (Blanket Approval) DeRegulation Pilot

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