Injecting Deleterious Substances into Pipelines: A Case Study of a Contamination Incident

  • Patricia A. McCunn-Miller
Keywords: Energy Law, Petroleum Law


This article describes an alternative dispute resolution method and the specific implementation of this procedure in a recent oil pipeline contamination incident. The event, known as the "Rangeland Incident," involved the sale of contaminated crude oil by Alberta oil producers to Montana refiners. The dispute resolution method described in this article involves two phases. The first phase involves the settlement of grievances between the Alberta suppliers and the Montana refiners, whereas the second addresses liability among the parties allegedly responsible for the oil contamination. Included in the article is a model Contribution Agreement form that is the basis of the described resolution method.