APACHE Canada Ltd. Has pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to operate its pipelines in accordance with provincial rules and requirements. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) laid charges against Apache after completing comprehensive investigations into two separate pipeline releases.
On October 25, 2013, Apache reported a pipeline release of 1813 cubic metres of produced water affecting about 3.8 hectares of public land near Zama City. On January 21, 2014, an additional pipeline failure resulted in the release of 1978 cubic metres of produced water, a portion of which entered an unnamed creek 40 km northwest of Whitecourt.
“Industry performance is critical to ensure these kinds of incidents do not occur,” said Alberta Energy Regulator president and CEO Jim Ellis. “
The court ordered Apache to pay a total of C$350,000 in penalties; C$160 000 for the Zama City release and C$190 000 for the release northwest of Whitecourt.