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For Immediate Release
Aug. 1, 2000
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks

Ministry Working to Contain Oil Spill Near Chetwynd

VICTORIA - Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks and B.C. Oil and Gas Commission staff are working to contain the spill of crude oil along the Pine River between Prince George and Chetwynd.

   A section of the Pembina Pipeline ruptured at about 1:30 a.m. August 1. Environment Ministry emergency staff are on site, working with Pembina Petroleum setting up containment systems about 22 kilometres downstream of the ruptured oil pipeline. Another berm is being set up a further 30 kilometres downriver to catch oil that has beaded in the cold water and escaped under the first containment system.

   The pipeline has been closed. The progress and location of the oil on the river is being monitored by helicopter.

   Residents along the Pine River have been advised by the District of Chetwynd not to use water directly from the river until further notice. The water from the Chetwynd water distribution system is not affected and is therefore fine to drink. Careful monitoring of the river is under way, and the ministry will alert the town if the spill threatens the town's drinking water.

   A briefing for on-site media has been scheduled for 9 p.m. August 1 at the Chetwynd Recreation Arena. Staff from Pembina Petroleum, B.C. Environment, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and the District of Chetwynd will be on hand.

   The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and the Environment Ministry will conduct a full investigation of the incident. Updates on the cleanup efforts and subsequent public health issues will be posted regularly to the ministry Web site at

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Contact: Jacqueline Waldorf, (250) 356-2116 or
cell (250) 361-5775
Media Relations

Colleen Sweet (250) 261-5734 or
cell (250) 261-1338
B.C. Oil and Gas Commission
Fort St. John

Rich Girard, (250) 565-6443
Regional Manager
Pollution Prevention
Prince George

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