BREAKING!! GOV'MNT scientist leaks photos of oil spill in Alberta lake. A million litres of bitumen have so far leaked into the surrounding envir
Pullman broke the story of the Primrose operation spills in a Huffington Post Alberta blog post, after visiting the area and speaking with local First Nation people who expressed concerns about damage to their traditional territory.
"This is something that everybody needs to know about because though it happens to fall within our traditional hunting territory, there's just as many non-native people as Indigenous people in this area. All of the water systems are connected. If you drink water, this is about you," Crystal Lameman, a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, told Pullman at the time.
The Alberta Energy Regulator has admitted they don't know exactly when the spill began, but ensured CNRL would have been "required to notify us as soon as they realize they have a problem, so the moment they discovered it they would be required to report it to us."
The watchdog also set regulations on CNRL's Primrose and Wolf Lake projects, including suspending steaming within one kilometre of the leaks and restricting steaming throughout the northern and southern parts of Primrose.
That has not stopped the leak, however.
Almost a million litres of bitumen have so far leaked into the bush and muskeg and another 2,400 litres seep in every day.