Plains Midstream Now Expanding Formerly Leaked Pipeline

Years after two large oil spills and a $1.3 million fine, Plains Midstream Canada has recently announced plans to expand its Rangeland crude oil pipeline that spreads from Edmonton, Alberta to the U.S. Border.

Plains Midstream Canada’s plans include doubling capacity between Edmonton and Sundre to 100,000 bpd and increasing their system that starts in Sundre and continues south to the border from 20,000 bpd to 100,000. These expansions will be subject to acquiring permits and regulatory approvals and are set to begin minor services later in 2019 and full services in 2021. The new expansions should connect to projects in Montana and Wyoming and eventually deliver crude Canadian oil to Texas.

Plains Midstream's website states that the company has spent $110 million on environmental cleanup efforts for both of their oil spills in 2011 and 2012.

Source: BNN Bloomberg

Canada Safety Board Investigating Oil Spill at Enbridge Terminal near Edmonton, Alberta

Enbridge released a statement saying it has recovered almost all of the oil that spilled Monday from a company storage facility into an unnamed creek in Strathcona County near Edmonton, Alberta.

The amount of synthetic crude that leaked is currently unknown. Crews have contained the spill with a boon and cleaned up most of it with vacuum trucks. The cleanup process is being supervised by National Energy Board investigators.

The company has not yet discussed the cause of the spill, but it said no injuries, fire, or evacuations resulted from the incident.

The Edmonton Terminal where the spill occurred is a delivery point for Enbridge's Athabasca Regional Oil Sands gathering system, which moves an average of 1.25 million barrels of oil a day, according to Reuters reporting.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it is deploying a team to the spill to investigate the cause.

Edmonton Journal


Alberta Officials to Debate Support for Two Pipeline Projects

Elected officials in Alberta, Canada are planning to meet to debate resolutions to send letters to the National Energy Board asking them to support two pipeline projects.

The discussion will be held during the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention on Thursday and Friday in Edmonton.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson hopes their letters will send a message that shows many local officials support the projects because of the many jobs they will create and the amount of revenue they will bring into the economy.

Hearings for TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline have been delayed after protestors interrupted public meetings on the project in Montreal last month. The resignation of panel members due to alleged bias also contributed to delays.

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project received conditional approval from the board last spring but still needs approval from the government. The government is set to decide on Trans Mountain by December of this year.

CBC News