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No negative impact from crude oil spill

The approximate location of the 12-barrel crude oil spill on the Trans Mountain pipeline right of way Wednesday afternoon.
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Update: 12:46 p.m. June 14, 2013

MERRITT - Kinder Morgan is reporting all repairs are complete, the site has been cleaned up and the pipeline is set to be restarted again this afternoon after a spill was discovered Wednesday afternoon.  Originally thought to be close to 12 barrels worth of crude oil leaked the company is now saying half that amount actually leaked, for a total of less than six barrels. The contaminated soil has all been removed and the company will continue to work to restore the surrounding area to its previous condition.

1:58 p.m. June 13, 2013

MERRITT – A leak of light crude oil near Kingsvale, about 20 km southwest of Merritt, was detected Wednesday afternoon and Kinder Morgan is now saying the small spill is contained with no impact expected.

The company said they were performing regular maintenance on the Trans Mountain pipeline when the crude oil was found. The pipe was shut down and crews worked to identify the cause and repair the line.

“The release area is fully contained and there is no impact to any water course and no threat to the public,” company spokesperson Andy Galarnyk said in a press release Thursday.

He also noted the spill is believed to be less than two cubic metres, or 12 barrels. The pipeline, which spans from Edmonton to Burnaby, last recorded a spill in January 2012. The 2012 spill took place in Abbotsford and was about 692 barrels. Since 1985 about 500 barrels have spilled in Kamloops.

The company is also hosting an open house today in Kamloops about the proposed expansion. It will take place from 4-8 p.m. at the Coast Hotel on Rogers Way.

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