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Alberta Pipeline Spills 60,000 Litres Of Crude Into Muskeg, Says Energy Regulator

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RED EARTH CREEK, Alta. - The Alberta Energy Regulator says close to 60,000 litres of crude oil have spilled into muskeg in the province's north.

An incident report by the regulator states that a mechanical failure was reported Thursday at a Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSX:CNQ) pipeline approximately 27 kilometres north of Red Earth Creek.

The report says there are no reports of impact to wildlife and that a cleanup has begun.

Red Earth Creek is over 350 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

Carrie Rosa, a spokeswoman for the regulator, says officials have been delayed reaching the scene due to poor weather in the last few days.

No one from Canadian Natural Resources could be reached on Saturday for comment.

In April, a pipeline owned by the company spilled 70,000 litres of oil and processed water in the region.

The Alberta Energy Regulator said at the time that the spill northwest of Slave Lake was not near any people, water or wildlife.

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