The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued Murphy Oil with a fine following a condensate spill from its pipeline in 2015.
The spill Murphy's Seal Field in North Central Alberta, went undetected from January 15 to March 1, 2015, and released 1,429 m3 of condensate into the surrounding environment. Murphy has since repaired the pipeline and it continues to remediate the impacted area.
The investigation by the regulator found that Murphy failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the leak detection system was capable of early detection of leaks, failed to evaluate operating or discontinued pipelines and failed to report the spill. It also found that the company failed to conduct remedial actions on the condensate that was released, which caused damage to public lands.
The regulator found that Murphy was found to have breached requirements in provincial legislation and, due to the severity of the incident, issued the company with a CAD 172,500 fine.
The company says in a statement: 'Murphy will continue to fully cooperate with respect to this matter and will continue to ensure that the impacted area is reclaimed.
'Murphy is committed to conducting business in a manner that respects the environment as well as the health, safety and security of its employees, customers, contractors and the communities where we operate.'
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