Drilling fluid spill in Townsend Creek contained

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WONOWON, B.C. — AltaGas and the B.C. Oil & Gas Commission have contained a spill of benign drilling fluid into Townsend Creek, near Wonowon, that occurred earlier this week.

“We were doing some horizontal directional drilling for our pipeline project,” said Project manager Brett Stowkowy, with AltaGas.” So this drill goes about 20 metres into the ground, we’re not talking about drilling wells or anything like that.”

The two releases of the fluid were noticed with ongoing monitoring, Stowkowy said. He confirmed the B.C. OGC was notified, and was ‘fully engaged’ in remediation efforts.

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The drilling has been stopped at this time, and work is expected to resume after consultation with the OGC over the next few days.

According to AltaGas’ independent environment consultant said two cubic metres of drilling fluid were released into the creek.

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