Canadian Natural would like to provide an update to an incident at the company's Primrose development area in which bitumen emulsion was discovered at surface at four separate locations. The discoveries were immediately reported to the Alberta Energy Regulator, or AER, and concurrently crews were dispatched to initiate necessary action. Each location has been secured and clean-up, recovery and reclamation activities are well underway. The bitumen emulsion does not pose a risk to health or human safety. The company is working diligently with the AER and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to investigate and remediate the affected locations. Canadian Natural is committed to ensuring the clean-up and reclamation work is done right, while minimizing impacts to the environment. Canadian Natural is also taking proactive measures to prevent this type of incident in the future. The four locations initially impacted at Primrose covered an area of 20.7 hectares. The bitumen emulsion seepage is now controlled to specific containment areas where it is effectively recovered as it reaches the surface. As a result of the company's successful active clean-up efforts, approximately 6,300 barrels of bitumen emulsion has been collected to date, with the company now focusing on a reduced impact area of 13.5 hectares. The rate of bitumen emulsion seepage in all four locations has declined as expected and now totals less than 20 barrels per day.
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