Small oil spill reported at Trans Mountain facility north of Kamloops

James Marshall
May 28, 2018

Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential construction on the Trans Mountain project in April, citing obstruction by B.C. that put the viability of the pipeline in question.

It said no waterways have been affected, and the spill has been contained within station property.

A statement issued by the oil company said "internal safety systems" alerted workers to the "operational disruption" early Sunday morning and in response, the station was isolated and the main Trans Mountain pipeline was shut down.

The oil leaked from a flow metre and was reported to authorities just before 5 a.m.

"An investigation confirmed a release of product from some station piping and has been contained entirely within Trans Mountain's facility", reads the statement.

The spill is expected to be cleaned up by the end of the day Sunday.

The spill comes just days before Kinder Morgan's May 31 deadline that would see them potentially walk away from the project unless the company is given some certainty it will proceed.

Morneau said last week the federal government is willing to cover cost overruns caused by political uncertainty on the pipeline project.

Pro and anti-pipeline protests have been taking place across the province and at Kinder Morgan's facility in Burnaby recently.

Some polls suggest that a majority of British Columbians support the project, but environmental activists argue that the dangers of building the expansion would be too great.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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