The AER Head Office. Image courtesy of the AER.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said Wednesday that Apache Canada is facing fines of up to $1.71 million for a 2014 pipeline spill.

The AER said that charges have been laid against Apache Canada Ltd. for a January 2014 pipeline spill that released about 1,900 cubic meters of produced water into a nearby creek about 24 miles northwest of Whitecourt.

The agency has charged Apache with five counts for contraventions of the Pipeline Act, and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

The company faces a maximum penalty of C$2.5 million, or about $1.7 million.

The first court appearance is scheduled for February 9, 2016, in Whitecourt.

This is the third penalty that the AER has issued against Apache for pipeline spills in the past seven months.

In October 2015, charges were laid against Apache for a pipeline spill about 20 miles from Zama City that occurred in the fall of 2013.

In July, the AER also directed Apache to address issues with its pipeline integrity management system after issuing a $11,309, or C$16,500, administrative penalty and four orders tied to the company’s “failure to follow provincial legislation and AER requirements. “


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