At Least 150,000 Litres of Crude Spills From Trans Mountain Pipeline

Katie Ramirez
June 15, 2020

The company believes a fitting on a one-inch diameter pipe connected to the main pipeline failed.

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

Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver said the spill happened just south of the Lightning Rock site, a cultural and burial ground of great significance to their people.

Chief Dalton Silver of Sumas First Nation said in a statement (pdf) Sunday that "we can not continue to have our land desecrated by oil spills".

The Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia shut down after an oil spill will resume operation Sunday afternoon.

"We need to understand what is going on from our point of view, how much oil spilled, what has been impacted, and what needs to be done to clean it up".

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Trans Mountain is working with local authorities and Indigenous groups, the Canada Energy Regulator, the Transportation Safety Board, and B.C.'s environment minister to get the pipeline up and running by Sunday.

The company says air and groundwater monitoring is in place, clean-up continues and there's no threat to the public.

The pipeline leaked at the Sumas Pump Station in Abbotsford, British Columbia, early Saturday morning, The Bellingham Herald reported.

The Trans Mountain pipeline carries about 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil and some fuels from Alberta to the Vancouver area, where it connects to a marine export terminal as well as to another line that supplies refineries in Washington state.

The federal government approved expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline last June that will triple its capacity.

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