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Cnooc Canada Unit Nexen Reports Pipeline Spill in Oil Sands

Nexen, the Canadian unit of China’s Cnooc Ltd., reported a spill of about 31,500 barrels of crude, sand and water in the oil-sands region after a pipeline failure, the Alberta Energy Regulator said.

The regulator is starting an investigation into the spill of so-called emulsion about 36 kilometers (22 miles) southeast of Fort McMurray, according to a statement Thursday. The pipeline was a 16-inch line connecting Nexen’s well pad to a processing facility, said Peter Murchland, a spokesman for the regulator.