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UPDATED: Pipeline spill at Suncor base plant Friday morning

Last Updated Jul 23, 2016 at 11:12 am MST

Suncor, oilsands project

Access to Suncor Base Plant operations were limited Friday morning as crews repaired a pipeline leak that was first detected in the wee hours of the morning.

“At around 3 a.m., this morning Suncor responded to a notification from our leak detection system for a pipeline inside base plant,” said spokeswoman Erin Rees by phone Friday morning. “As a precaution we temporarily closed access to the bridge at site as we were investigating the issue.”

In an email sent to staff Suncor noted that its containment systems worked correctly in preventing the spilled product from reaching the river.

The Calgary-based company hasn’t divulged any information regarding the product spilled or the volume of said product that was released.

Suncor confirmed that the Alberta Energy Regulator has been notified.

A spokesperson from the AER told MyMcMurray they have staff on site who are working to ensure Suncor follows all requirements in the cleanup.

Jordan Fitzgerald, Public Affairs Advisor with the AER, said Suncor reported to the regulator that 20 cubic metres of diluent had spilled. He said all of it was contained to grass, leaves and brush on the Suncor lease site.

Fitzgerald said Suncor put its emergency plan into action immediately and there was no need for an evacuation. There were no injuries in the incident.

The AER will remain on site monitoring Suncor’s response to the spill.