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Plains Midstream fined $850,000 for crude oil pipeline leak

A crude oil leak from an underground pipeline owned by Plains Midstream in Alberta has led to an $850,000 fine under Canada’s Fisheries Act.


A crude oil leak from an underground pipeline owned by Plains Midstream in Alberta has led to an $850,000 fine under Canada’s Fisheries Act.

Plains Midstream failed to notify provincial authorities of the leak into the fish-bearing Red Deer River during June 2012.

The fine was announced July 18, 2014.

Of the total $850,000 penalty, $400,000 relates to the federal Fisheries Act offence, which will be credited to Environment Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. Money will also go toward projects in the Red Deer River Watershed.