UpdateKinder Morgan's TransMountain Pipeline leaks less than 12 bbl

13 June 2013 18:47  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline released less than 2 cubic metres (12 bbl) of crude oil during Wednesday’s leak in British Columbia, Canada, the US-based midstream energy company said on Thursday.

Kinder Morgan crews detected “a small amount of light crude oil on the surface of its right of way in a remote area near Kingsvale" while performing regular maintenance on the pipeline, said Andy Galarnyk, a spokesperson with Kinder Morgan Canada.

The pipeline was immediately shut down, and work is underway to repair the line, he said.

“The release area is fully contained, and there is no impact on any water course and no threat to the public,” Galarnyk said. “While the volume is small, the company’s response has been immediate and thorough.”

Regulatory agencies, including Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB), have been notified about the incident.

“There is no immediate safety concern for local residents, and precautions are being taken to ensure continued public safety,” the NEB said.

Kinder Morgan is informing area residents about the incident, and the NEB’s emergency response team has been deployed to monitor and assess the company’s response, investigation and clean-up, the NEB added.

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