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Regulator lays charges against Tidewater Midstream for acidic water release

The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid charges against Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. for a release of acidic water in west-central Alberta.

Acidic water flowed into a nearby creek, regulator says

The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid charges against Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. for a release of acidic water in west-central Alberta.

The regulator says the release occurred in Oct. 2019 at Tidewater's Ram River sour gas processing plant west of Rocky Mountain House.

About 30,000 litres of acidic water flowed from a containment area into a nearby creek, the regulator said in a statement to CBC News. 

Calgary-based Tidewater has been charged with 10 violations under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, including releasing a substance to the environment that caused or may have caused an adverse effect.

The regulator also alleges that Tidewater failed to report the release of the acidic water as soon as possible, and failed to take all reasonable measures to repair and remedy the spill.

The release was reported about 13 hours after the indicated release time, the AER said. 

The AER said the release took place on Oct. 25 at 9 p.m.

The operator reported the incident to Environmental and Dangerous Goods Emergencies (EDGE) the following evening at 10:21 p.m., the AER said.

Tidewater is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 8 in Rocky Mountain House.

Rocky Mountain House is about 215 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.

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