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Enbridge pipeline reopens, leaky pumping station stays shut

A member of Greenpeace cleans up a mock oil spill outside the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline office in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The mock spill was set up by Greenpeace to show the risks of spills similar to the recent one outside of Red Deer Alberta.


The Energy Resources Conservation Board says a pipeline network that is the site of another northern Alberta oil spill has been reopened.

But the board adds that the pumping station that was the cause of Monday's 230,000-litre spill near Elk Point remains shuttered.

Board spokesman Darin Barter says Enbridge Inc. was allowed to reopen the line after promising to inspect other points in the network that have similar gaskets to the one that failed.

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The company must also come up with a plan to ensure the long-term safety of such gaskets.

Mr. Barter says the leak occurred in a field and didn't get into any standing water or waterways.

It's the second significant spill in Alberta this month.

At least 3.4 million litres of hydrocarbons have leaked from pipelines in the province every year since 2005.

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