As the Harper government moves to “streamline” regulations governing protection of the environment and fish habitat through provisions contained in Bill C-38, there’s news from our neighbour to the west of a 3000 barrel oil spill into a tributary of the Red Deer River near Sundrie, Alta.

The river is the main source of drinking water for the city of Red Deer (population 90,560) located just a few miles downstream from the spill location, and clean-up efforts are currently underway. For Plains Midstream Canada, the spill is the second in a little over a year at one of its pipelines. In April 2011, it had a 4.5 million litre oil spill near Peace River.

Here’s the CBC report.