As part of our groundwater monitoring program at the 9-21 location, Canadian Natural detected a trace amount of bitumen emulsion in an observation well during routine sampling on October 20, 2016. This occurrence is not unexpected considering a bitumen bearing fracture was intersected when the well was drilled in 2014. Canadian Natural believes that the bitumen emulsion found in the well is a result of the migration of trapped bitumen emulsion along a fracture. There is no impact to the public or the environment as a result of this event. Canadian Natural will continue to monitor the bitumen occurrence in the well. More information about groundwater monitoring at our Primrose/Wolf Lake Oil Sands Project can be found here.
Progress photographs for site 9-21 can be accessed here, while progress reports of site 9-21 will be provided annually with the next update expected early 2017. For archived progress reports and photographs from 2013 to 2015, please click here.