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Trilogy Energy says oil emulsion spill in Alberta has covered 3 hectares

Trilogy Energy says the pipeline leak it discovered late last week in north central Alberta has covered an area about three hectares in size with oil emulsion. That’s about the size of four football fields.

In an update posted to its website late Tuesday, the Calgary-based oil and gas producer says it still doesn’t know the volume of the spill into marshland about 15 kilometres from Fox Creek.

The posting says that company president John Williams and other managers travelled to the remote scene Tuesday to meet with the cleanup team and assess the extent of the spill.

It says the pipeline has been shut down and purged. Staff on site include environmental and wildlife specialists working with representatives of the Alberta Energy Regulator.

The AER said last week that the oil emulsion that leaked is about 50 per cent water and 50 per cent oil.