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Oil leaks at Pengrowth facility near Swan Hills

An explosion and oil spill Sunday at a Pengrowth Energy facility southwest of Swan Hills, Alta. is now under investigation by Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board.
The leak occurred about 23 kilometers southwest of Swan Hills, Alta. (Google Maps)

An explosion and oil spill Sunday at a Pengrowth Energy facility southwest of Swan Hills, Alta. is now under investigation by Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board.

The ERCB said light, sweet crude oil was released into Judy Creek and the nearby area.  

The fire was extinguished and the spill was contained Sunday. The leak occurred in a short 1.5 kilometer pipeline that takes oil from one facility to another. The line has been shut down and depressurized, the ERCB said

The volume of the spill hasn't yet been determined, but ERCB spokesman Darin Barter said initial reports indicate it doesn't appear serious.

"It's what we would consider a minor spill with 95 per cent of the product coming out of the pipeline being water and five per cent oil," he said. "So it is a relatively small release. However, we're taking it very seriously, as is the company.".

The company has placed booms and absorbent materials in Judy Creek, and vacuum trucks and collection tanks are on site. 

There have been no reports of wildlife being affected. There were no injuries and no communities are directly affected.