Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline shut after British Columbia oil spill

Rodiano Bonacci
Июня 15, 2020

Crude oil spilled from the Trans Mountain pipeline in Abbotsford early Saturday morning, and crews are working to clean it up.

Workers from the state-owned pipeline are responding to a release at the Sumas Pump Station in Abbotsford, B.C., after an alarm went off at the pipeline control center, the company said in a release posted on its website. The line was immediately shut down, and a cleanup is underway. Local crews are investigating, and say the spill has been contained.

In a statement from Trans Mountain Saturday, the pipeline operator said it did not yet have an estimate on how large the leak was.

"In an quake, they would spill and likely start a fire, and the forest is right next to them", he says.

The incident comes at a sensitive time for Trans Mountain, as work on a planned expansion is under way amid fierce opposition from some residents of British Columbia, including indigenous communities, who argue the pipeline is a threat to the environment. "There are a number of steps and procedures that need to happen before we can safely restart the pipeline". Trans Mountain has initiated an investigation, adding that "monitoring has not identified any risk to the public or community". The federal government bought the pipeline from energy company Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion in 2018 amid struggles over the expansion project to triple the existing pipeline's capacity.

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