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Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017  - 5:18 p.m. MT

Imperial contains fluid release at Cold Lake well site

(UPDATED September 11, 2017) Imperial crews are in the process of cleaning up a release of steam and fluids from a well site at its Cold Lake in-situ operations in northeast Alberta. Vacuum trucks and other equipment are on site and barriers have been put in place to ensure containment.

The fluid is a mixture of heavy oil and produced water. It is estimated that 250m3 of fluid was released, approximately 10 percent of which was heavy oil.  To date, just over 50 percent of the recoverable fluids have been recovered.

Local First Nations and Metis communities have been notified. Some, including the chief and a council member of Cold Lake First Nation, have visited the site and it is expected that other community representatives will be visiting in the coming days. 

The Alberta Energy Regulator was immediately notified and has visited the site. Alberta Environment and Parks has also been informed.

Wildlife deterrents, including noise cannons and monitors, are being used at the site to keep animals and birds away until recovery efforts are complete. There are no reports of affected wildlife.

Air and water monitoring is in place in the affected area. Initial reports indicate there are no impacts to human health.

After more than a century, Imperial continues to be an industry leader in applying technology and innovation to responsibly develop Canada's energy resources. As Canada's largest petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, a key petrochemical producer and a leading fuels marketer from coast to coast, our company remains committed to high standards across all areas of our business.

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