The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has issued a Suspension Order to Nexen Energy ULC, due to noncompliant activities at Long Lake oilsands operations pertaining to pipeline maintenance and monitoring.
The order, issued under Section 29 of the Pipeline Act, directs the company to:
•Immediately suspend 15 pipeline licences, which requires shut in of 95 pipelines that are carrying natural gas, crude oil, salt water, fresh water, and emulsion, and
•provide sufficient documentation to assure the AER that these lines can be operated safely.
On August 25, 2015 through the course of the AER investigation into Nexen's Long Lake pipeline failure. The AER received information that indicated noncompliance with respect to the Pipelines Act and Pipeline Rules on multiple pipelines at the Long Lake Facility. The lines carry several products, including crude oil, natural gas, salt water, fresh water and emulsion.