The Red Deer River Oil Spill — Update #2

Posted on: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Posted at: 12:20 AM

This is Update #2 of the Red Deer River Oil Spill…

  • Plains Midstream Canada has shut down 10 kilometres of the Rangeland Pipeline System.   [ Article ]
  • Plains Midstream Canada says, “The release is contained within the two booms on the Gleniffer Reservoir.”   [ PDF ]
  • Plains Midstream Canada is now blogging its cleanup efforts surrounding the Rangeland Pipeline System failure near Sundre, Alberta.   [ Web Updates ]
  • Alison Redford says the Rangeland Pipeline incident will be investigated and the ministers of energy and environment will review the findings.   [ Article ]
  • The oil has pooled away from the Red Deer River near Sundre, Alberta and a film of black ooze has coated grass along shoreline.   [ Article ]


  • The Rangeland Pipeline System is made up of approximately 1285 kilometres of gathering and trunk pipelines.   [ Link ]
  • The majority of the Rangeland Pipeline System is approximately 50 years old.   [ Link ]
  • According to Google Maps, Jackson Creek is approximately 50 km from the Gleniffer Reservoir — where the booms have been set up to contain the oil spill. That means, the oil spill has travelled 50 km along the Red Deer River.   [ Map ]

Other Red Deer River Oil Spill Updates:

Required Reading:

2012-06-10  »  somecanuckchick


  1. Mogs
    10 June 2012 @ 12:27 PM

    “As my brief history of oil pipeline spills in Alberta from 1970 to 2005 demonstrated, the problem of pipeline ruptures is endemic to the industry. Now with over 399,000 kilometres of pipelines under the authority of the province’s [Alberta] Energy Resources Conservation Board, industry specialists and regulators not only know that this system has never been free from oil spills, but that a spill-free system is an impossible goal. The recent history of pipeline ruptures in Alberta since 2006 further underlines these realities.” From: ‘The History of Oil Pipeline Spills in Alberta, 2006-2012’ found here:

    See also: ‘Alberta’s Oil Spill History’ found here:

    Pipelines are not safe period.