Pipeline Discharge North of Fort St. John

Last updated on April 4, 2023

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Incident Description

Incident Date February 23, 2017
Name Pipeline Discharge North of Fort St. John (DGIR: 163406)
Source Canadian Natural Resources Limited Pipeline
Nearest Community Prophet River
Spilled Content Approximately 100 cubic meters of process water emulsion
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment, Oil and Gas Commission, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Emergency Management B.C.

Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports.  

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

February 27, 2017 – 2:16pm

Contract crews and environmental contractors hired by the responsible party continued to clean up the spill over the weekend. HydroVac trucks have been removing crude oil emulsion as it is collected and contractors have erected wildlife fencing around the entire area. Pigs and a pigging station have been installed to ensure there is no residual product left in the pipeline. A portable flare has been brought to the incident site to control burn any off gassing that occurs during the pigging process. B.C. Ministry of Environment response officers will continue to monitor the situation.


Previous Updates

February 24, 2017 – 10:15 am

A pipeline north of Fort St. John released approximately 100 cubic meters of process water emulsion. The discharge occurred near a creek that feeds into the Sikanni Chief River. B.C. Ministry of Environment response officers attended the site with the responsible party and confirmed the product was stopped before entering the creek. It is not suspected that the creek or the Sikanni River have been impacted. Cleanup contractors and environmental consultants are on site to aid in the cleanup. Approximately 20 cubic meters of emulsion has been recovered at this time. B.C. Ministry of Environment response officers will be back on site and continue to monitor the response actions.


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