POLITICS

Environment Minister Terry Lake approves of Kinder Morgan handling of oil spill

01/25/2012 01:17 EST | Updated 03/26/2012 05:12 EDT
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake says Kinder Morgan has reacted appropriately to an oil spill at its oil holding facility in Abbotsford, east of Vancouver.

Lake says he was informed of the incident Tuesday night, ministry officials are at the scene, and the leak has been contained properly.

Kinder Morgan has not said exactly how much oil leaked, but Lake agrees with the company's assessment that the spill is small.

He says the escaped oil remained in containment tanks on Kinder Morgan property and has been treated to ensure any odours are contained.

The Fraser Valley-area tank farm is part of the Trans Mountain pipeline system that moves Alberta crude to the West Coast for shipment on tankers.

Critics say the spill demonstrates the dangers of pipelines but Lake says anyone worried about managing every risk should "stay in bed in the morning." (CHNL)