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CAUSE OF POTENTIAL CONTAMINATION REMAINS UNKNOWN, AB
The cause of the potential Sulfolane contamination of water wells within 5kms of the South Rosevear Gas Plant in Alberta remains unknown as water sampling is conducted. Sulfolane is a natural gas solvent, or purifier, that is colourless and soluble in water.
Calli Stromner, Public Affairs Officer at Alberta Health, said, "We're still trying to determine the source and the cause of the potential contamination. Residents were provided with hard copies of the health advisory, hand-delivered." A total of 84 residences received the advisory, and were informed that updates would be posted on the Alberta Health and Safety website. "We want to be thorough, though this is a precautionary and protective measure. It'll take as long as it needs to take to ensure that the water is safe."
Dr. James Talbot, Provincial Medical Officer of Health, stated that, "Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development will continue to work with plant operators to ensure that proper mitigation and remediation plans are in place and implemented."
The potentially contaminated wells are located approximately 32 kilometres northeast of the town of Edson, Alberta.