How Merck’s pipeline is about to spill over and into Canada

Merck has revealed that it will not be able to proceed with its planned $6 billion oil sands pipeline project in Canada after a spill in northwestern Alberta this week.

The leak occurred on Wednesday evening, when the pipeline burst, spilling 5,500 barrels of oil into the ground near a home in Edmonton.

The spill was contained to the pipeline and no injuries were reported, according to a statement from Merck Canada, which owns the pipeline.

A number of companies have had similar issues, with some having to shut down production and others not releasing the oil they have in storage.