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Apache Canada’s Zama City Spill Leaks Waste Water; Second Reported

Apache Canada’s Zama City Spill Leaks Waste Water; Second Reported.

Zama City spill

Apache has another leak of produced water near Zama City, Alberta. Photo illustration

CALGARY – Alberta’s energy regulator is investigating another pipeline leak of waste water.

Apache Canada Ltd. reported one of its operator’s discovered the leak on Oct. 25 at its Shekilie field northwest of Zama City and the line was immediately shut in.

The company also says an investigation found the leak began on Oct. 3 and the amount of waste water that leaked was about 1.8 million litres.

Waste water that is extracted during oil and natural gas operations contains oil, salt and other minerals.

Darin Barter of Alberta Energy Regulator confirms Apache reported the leak on Oct. 25 and says the agency won’t be able to confirm the amount that spilled until it completes its investigation.

Apache also says it has revised the volume of waste water that spilled from its pipeline in the same area in May to 15.4 million litres, up from its original report of 9.5 million litres.

In a news release dated Oct. 18, Apache it has determined that the pipeline started leaking on May 5, but it wasn’t discovered to be leaking until June 1.

Apache says the cause of the pipeline failure was stress corrosion cracking.

It says it was “installing real-time monitoring with SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) to the existing four water injection systems across Apache’s Zama operations area.”

 

More Water Stress than Meets the Eye

More Water Stress than Meets the Eye. (FULL ARTICLE)

In nearly 1 in 10 U.S. watersheds, water use exceeds the natural water supply. Water stress worsens as colors trend from green to yellow to orange to red. Map courtesy of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Western Water Assessment.

In more and more places around the world, water demands are bumping up against the limits of Earth’s finite water supply.
Each year seems to bring another analysis of “water stress” to help us get a fix on how dangerous our water situation is becoming, whether in a particular country or in the world as a whole.
Among the latest efforts is by a team led by researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder who examined 2,103 watersheds across the United States and found that in 193 of them – nearly 1 in 10 – water use has surpassed the natural water supply….

 

Water, Water Everywhere – Just Buy it, Don’t Drink it! | Zero Hedge

Water, Water Everywhere – Just Buy it, Don’t Drink it! | Zero Hedge.

 

Groups want cap on Nestlé’s water permit during droughts – Politics – CBC News

Groups want cap on Nestlé’s water permit during droughts – Politics – CBC News.

 

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