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September 14, 2011

A girl takes a close look at the candle she was holding during a religious ceremony held on Thursday evening, September 8. Singing, prayers and addresses were made outside following a mass at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Provost. Following the shrine celebration refreshments were offered in the church basement. ©Provost News Photo.
Exercise Simulates Oil Leak Into Battle River
Enbridge Pipelines conducted a training exercise on the Battle River near Hardisty, on Thursday, September 8 to help teach staff and test equipment in case of a real emergency.

Manager of communications for Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Gina Jordan said approximately 20 people took part in the four to five hour exercise that simulated a leak of oil into the Battle River near Hardisty.

An on-site briefing took place at 8 a.m. and the activities wrapped up around lunchtime.

Emergency response equipment and personnel including local Enbridge employees took part using a boom and other equipment deployed on the river. Sometimes skimming equipment is used as part of training but not this time noted Jordan.
She said the river is higher than normal so it was a “chance to test employees and equipment under different conditions.”

The previous exercise in the area was in February when an “ice slotting” session was held on the frozen river. The ice was cut and a boom was put in to contain an imaginary oil leak at that time.
Enbridge has six pipelines in the general area and with other energy companies also has large petroleum storage tanks situated just inside the M.D. of Provost.

Taking in the training exercise were also some representatives from the nearby national army base near Wainwright and the fire department.

“This is part of on-going response . . . we do a lot of training exercises throughout the year” said Jordan in a telephone interview from Calgary.

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Wheat Board Vote Announced
Winnipeg.—The results of the 2011 Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) producer plebiscite were announced on Monday, September 12.

• For wheat:
22,764 producers (62 per cent of respondents who grew wheat) said they wish to maintain the ability to market all wheat, with the continuing exception of feed wheat sold domestically, through the CWB single-desk system;
14,059 producers (38 per cent of respondents who grew wheat) said they wish to remove the single-desk marketing system from the CWB and sell all wheat through an open-market system.

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