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Calgary-based energy firm Apache Canada faces 7 charges for 2013 spill: AER

A section of the oil spill near Zama City, Alberta.

A section of the 2013 oil spill near Zama City, Alberta.

By Global News/The Canadian Press, Oct 19, 2015

CALGARY – An energy company with a troubled safety history is facing seven charges related to a 2013 pipeline spill that leaked roughly 1.8 million litres of contaminated water near Zama City, Alta.

Apache Canada Ltd. has been charged under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Public Lands Act and the Pipeline Act.

An investigation earlier this year by the Alberta Energy Regulator found that between June 2013 and October 2014 the company had six pipeline incidents that caused loss or damage to public lands and potential environmental impact.

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Northern Alberta hit with toxic spill from Apache pipeline

‘Every Tree and Plant Died’: Massive Toxic Spill Guts Alberta

 The area that died from the Apache pipeline wastewater spill near Zama City, Alberta, Canada, in Dene Tha' territory.

The area that died from the Apache pipeline wastewater spill near Zama City, Alberta, Canada, in Dene Tha’ territory.

Indian Country Today, August 26, 2013

A toxic waste spill, the largest of its kind in North America, has destroyed a chunk of landscape in northern Alberta.

“The substance is the inky black colour of oil, and the treetops are brown,” reported The Globe and Mail in a recent story. “Across a broad expanse of northern Alberta muskeg, the landscape is dead. It has been poisoned by a huge spill of 9.5 million litres of toxic waste from an oil and gas operation in northern Alberta, the third major leak in a region whose residents are now questioning whether enough is being done to maintain aging energy infrastructure.” Read the rest of this entry