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Plains Rainbow Pipe May Be Shut Days or ‘Longer,’ ERCB Says

A section of Plains Midstream Canada LP’s Rainbow pipeline in northern Alberta, which was shut April 29 after leaking 28,000 barrels of crude, may be out of service for days or longer, according to a regulator.

“We haven’t drawn any conclusions as of yet,” said Davis Sheremata, a spokesman for the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board. “That line will not be put back into service until our staff are 100 percent sure it can be operated safely and we are not going to see another leak like this. That could be days or it could be longer.”