06/15/2013 08:13 EDT | Updated 08/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Plains Midstream Spill: Company Responds To Natural Gas Pipeline Leak

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MANNING, Alta. - A pipeline company is dealing with a new spill in Alberta.

Plains Midstream Canada says it is responding to a leak on its Kemp natural gas pipeline system approximately 90 kilometres northwest of Manning, Alberta.

The company says the leak involves condensate, a liquid obtained by condensation of a gas or vapor.

The company says the system is 79 kilometres long and transports condensate and other natural gas liquids, which it says are a byproduct of processed natural gas.

Plains Midstream says it doesn't know yet how much condensate escaped or what caused it, but it says the line has been shut down.

Earlier this month, provincial regulators estimate nearly 10 million litres of waste water containing salt, oil and other minerals spilled from Apache Canada Limited's pipeline near Zama City.

Greenpeace Canada spokesperson Mike Hudema says spills are happening too often and that the government is failing to protect the environment and communities.

A statement from Plains Midstream, as it appears on their website:

CALGARY, Alberta (June 15, 2013) – Plains Midstream Canada (Plains) continues to respond to a release on its six-inch, 79 kilometre Kemp pipeline system approximately 90 kilometres north west of Manning, Alberta.

The pipeline system remains shut in and more than 40 workers are on site conducting containment and clean-up activities, supported by senior staff from Plains’ Calgary office. The area affected by the condensate release measures approximately 100 meters by 150 metres (about three and a half acres) and a perimeter has been established around the affected area.

The volume of condensate released remains under evaluation. Preliminary estimates suggest approximately 150 m3 (950 barrels) were released. The cause of the pipeline release is being investigated.

Emergency response personnel including spill response, containment and safety specialists, environmental consultants, wildlife technicians, and waste management experts, and air monitors are responding on site.

Safety is paramount at the clean-up response, and Plains is monitoring air quality closely to ensure the safety of responding personnel.

Plains is working to minimize environmental impacts of the release. Work crews focused on containment are mitigating the extent of the release footprint and continue to remove the released condensate from the surface. Plains is working to protect wildlife by patrolling the perimeter, establishing visual and audio deterrents, as well as installing wildlife fencing.

“We regret this incident and are working around the clock to limit the impact of the release,” says Stephen Bart, Vice President, Crude Oil Operations, Plains Midstream Canada. “Industry-leading technical experts and regulatory bodies are engaged onsite in our response efforts and to ensure an effective clean-up.”

Plains continues to work closely with various regulatory agencies and area stakeholders.

More information will be provided as it is available.

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