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Pipestone oil spill concerns farmer

An aerial shot from Feb. 28 shows an oil spill located in the RM of Pipestone at the Tundra Oil and Gas operation, which was reported on Feb. 1.

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An aerial shot from Feb. 28 shows an oil spill located in the RM of Pipestone at the Tundra Oil and Gas operation, which was reported on Feb. 1.

An oil spill in the RM of Pipestone has a local farmer raising many unanswered questions about the operation.

A local news report from February said the spill at the Tundra Oil and Gas Partnership was reported on Feb. 1.

"It’s almost impossible to find anything out about this spill," said Carlyle Jorgenson, who owns a farm nearby.

He said about seven or eight trucks per day haul by his house for a few weeks.

While flying over the site, Jorgensen said he was able to spot the spill because of discoloration in the soil.

"We could see a bit of exposed pipe through the holes they have been digging and we could see contaminated ground where they were digging for sure.

"They have a very large area ... stripped off and the day we flew over it, it looked like a plastic liner in this area they stripped off."

Tim Howell, vice-president of operations for Tundra, said cleanup efforts are in place and the company hopes to have it finished before spring breakup to prevent the oil from seeping into the nearby Jackson Creek, according to the Reston Recorder.

While the magnitude of the leak isn’t clear, Howell said the line has a fairly low production of around 30 barrels per day.

RM of Pipestone Reeve Ross Tycoles could not be reached for further details.

Jorgensen also sent a letter to Arthur-Virden Conservative MLA Larry Maguire, to which Maguire responded he was unaware of the issue.

Tundra has hired Weyburn, Sask.-based Matrix Environmental to assist in the cleanup.

Tundra’s line, located south of Highway 255 near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, is adjacent to the now-unused Enbridge line.

» gbruce@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 4, 2013

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