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Oil spill was 4800 litres

10 June 2018

On May 27th we told you about a crude oil spill that occurred at a Kinder Morgan facility at Darfield, near Kamloops.

The spill occurred when a flow meter at the company's Darfield pump station leaked crude oil into the ground.

"Ministry officials have communicated with Kinder Morgan the importance of accurate volume reporting", a ministry spokesperson said in an emailed statement. In fact, it was 4,800, the company says.

In an emailed statement on Sunday, a spokesperson for the ministry said the discrepancy was due to 100 litres being "the minimum threshold under their spill reporting obligations".

At the time of the spill, Trans Mountain gave no estimate on the amount of oil that had leaked.

The Trans Mountain pipeline was shut down for about eight hours after the spill while the company notified stakeholders and conducted an investigation.

While the Ministry of Environment said no waterways were affected by the leak, environmentalists and Canadian members of parliament highlighted the leak as a telling example of the dangers pipelines pose to people and the environment and continued denouncing Trudeau's buyout.

Since its inception, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project has faced fierce and widespread grassroots opposition across Canada as well as legal challenges that have brought the projection's completion into question.

Kinder Morgan had ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion in April, vowing to cancel it unless it received assurances it can proceed without delays and without undue risk to shareholders by a deadline of May 31.

The federal government announced plans Tuesday to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and its assets.

Oil spill was 4800 litres