Following a robust initial response in early June 2012 that saw up to 400 workers on site daily contributing to the cleanup, Plains completed the clean-up of Gleniffer Lake, which re-opened in advance of the July long weekend in 2012. Work crews shifted clean-up efforts to focus on remediation and reclamation at sites along the Red Deer River as well as at the Cottonwood day use area, the former site of the command centre. Remediation activities included aerating fields, seeding and fertilizing, removing weeds as well as planting trees and vegetation. To view photos of our activities, visit the Images page under the Our Response menu.
As of mid-September 2012 all remaining segments along the river received interim sign off by the regulators. Interim sign off is granted by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) and acknowledges that the remediation activities have reached set endpoints. Final closure will only be received after segment inspections are conducted by the regulators in the summer of 2013.
Plains continues to work closely with regulators to ensure ongoing reclamation activities meet environmental standards.
Any questions or concerns related to wildlife, water, or the remediation efforts can be directed to the ESRD Environment hotline at 1-800-222-6514.
For more information about the Rangeland Pipeline release, read the information updates.