BRITISH COLUMBIA
05/27/2018 18:21 EDT | Updated 05/28/2018 11:30 EDT

Kinder Morgan Spill Detected Near Kamloops

The spill has been contained to the company's property in Darfield.

A crude oil storage tank at Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline terminal is seen in Kamloops, B.C. in 2016.
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A crude oil storage tank at Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline terminal is seen in Kamloops, B.C. in 2016.

DARFIELD, B.C. — Crews using an emergency response trailer and vacuum trucks are working to clean up a crude oil spill at a Kinder Morgan station north of Kamloops, B.C.

The provincial Ministry of Environment said a flow metre has leaked about 100 litres of crude oil into the ground at the Darfield station.

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

In a statement, Kinder Morgan said it was alerted to an operational disruption through its internal safety system in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The station was isolated and the main Trans Mountain pipeline was shut down as a precaution, the company said. The pipeline was turned back on at 3:20 pm PST, a spokesperson said by email.

The company said air monitoring is ongoing, and it has notified neighbours and other stakeholders.

It said the leaked product was a medium crude blend.

Deadline looms for project's expansion

The spill comes days before a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

The company suspended all non-essential construction on the project in April, citing opposition from the B.C. government that put the viability of the pipeline in question.

It has set a May 31 deadline for getting assurances it can proceed without delays on the controversial project.

With a file from Emma Paling

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