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Written by Joan Russow
Monday, 24 June 2013 10:59
 
Calgary floods hamper pipeline spill clean up in northern Alberta
 

The Lubicon Lake First Nation says Pennwest believes the spill took place on Saturday evening in an area that is the proposed location of future reserve lands. File photos of Little Buffalo School.

Photograph by: Larry Wong , Edmonton Journal

LITTLE BUFFALO, Alta. - An pipeline operated by Pennwest Exploration has leaked more than 5000 litres of oil in northern Alberta and co-ordination of clean-up efforts is being hampered by flooding at the company's head office in Calgary.

The Lubicon Lake First Nation says Pennwest (TSX:PWT) believes the spill took place on Saturday evening in an area that is the proposed location of future reserve lands.

It says the company initially said the spill affected surface waters and muskeg lands over 2.5 square kilometres.

But Lubicon Lake says the spill is now thought to be larger than initial estimates.

Pennwest is working to contain the spill but says the flooding in Calgary is having a negative effect on the management of the spill, particularly when it comes to communications.

Lubicon Lake Chief Bernard Ominayak says the safety of the first nation's citizens and their environment is the "primary concern."

Lubicon Lake spokesman Garrett Tomlinson says the spill is about 25 kilometres from Little Buffalo, where most of the first nation's residents live, but the oil spill is a big concern for hunters and trappers in the areas affected by the leaked oil.

He says the company still doesn't know if heavy rain in the area contributed in any way to the spill.

 

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 Stop the tarsands, stop the pipelines, and stop the tankers Presentation by Melina Labocan Massimo 

Melina is a Lubicon Cree activistfrom Northern Alberta who knows the reality of the oil sands too well.Having grown up in the oil sands region, she witnessed first-hand the impacts of oil sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land. She now spends most of her days traveling inside Canada and around the world to share her their stories and realities with a larger audience.  Watch a video of her presentation at the October 22 2012 "Defend our Coast"Rally in Victoria BC, Canada http://youtu.be/HqNu-m4zcG4

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 11:15
 

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