Skip to main content


Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017  - 5:18 p.m. MT

Imperial contains fluid release at Cold Lake well site

(UPDATED September 25, 2017) Imperial crews have completed cleanup of a release of steam and fluids from a well site at its Cold Lake in-situ operations in northeast Alberta.

The fluid is a mixture of heavy oil and produced water. It is estimated that 250m3 of fluid was released, approximately 10 percent of which was heavy oil.  All of the recoverable fluids have been recovered.

Local First Nations and Metis communities have been notified and some have visited the site. 

The Alberta Energy Regulator was immediately notified and has visited the site. Alberta Environment and Parks has also been informed.

Wildlife deterrents, including noise cannons and monitors, were used at the site to keep animals and birds away until recovery efforts were complete. There are no reports of affected wildlife.

Monitoring of the affected area is ongoing. There are no impacts to human health.

After more than a century, Imperial continues to be an industry leader in applying technology and innovation to responsibly develop Canada's energy resources. As Canada's largest petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, a key petrochemical producer and a leading fuels marketer from coast to coast, our company remains committed to high standards across all areas of our business.