Plains Midstream Canada cautions the public on its website that, "You may have seen some shocking images circulating over the last couple days. While we appreciate that images are an important part of telling a story, some of them are incorrect. We have seen images online, on t.v. and in the news that are not related to the Rangeland pipeline incident at all, such as images that depict oil saturated wetlands and oil slicks. Some of the images depict the Rainbow pipeline spill from 2011 ... We have contracted both photographers and videographers to create a visual portrait of the release site."
A spill of light sour crude oil into a tributary of the Red Deer River near Sundre, Alberta was discovered on June 7. Preliminary estimates suggested a release of between 1,000 and 3,000 barrels of oil into the environment. Plains Midstream is warning residents that "water drawn directly from the Red Deer River north of Sundre to the Gleniffer Reservoir should not be used for human or animal consumption". Plains Midstream is still cleaning up from last year's 4.5 million-litre oil leak in a remote area northeast of Peace River.