Apache Canada Ltd. is facing charges for a 2014 pipeline spill near Whitecourt, Alta., the energy regulator said Monday.
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said there’s a maximum penalty of $2.5 million in relation to five counts for contraventions of the Pipeline Act and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
In that incident, nearly two million litres of contaminated water spilled into a creek about 40 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt, Alta.
The first court appearance on the issue is scheduled for Feb. 9 in Whitecourt.
The regulator says this is the third action against Apache in seven months.
In October, Apache was charged on seven counts for a 2013 spill near Zama City, Alta., and in July the AER fined the company over issues with its pipeline integrity management system.