National Energy Board investigating an oil spill from Kinder Morgan pipeline near Merritt

Global News

UPDATE: June 14 – Kinder Morgan says crews have completed the repair of the Trans Mountain pipeline and expect to restart the pipeline by mid-afternoon on Friday.

All contaminated soil has been removed and Kinder Morgan and the National Energy Board now says the spill was less than 1 cubic metre (less than six barrels).

Previous coverage:

The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline near Kingsvale, near Merritt, has been shut down to prevent any more oil from leaking into the surrounding area.

The National Energy Board (NEB) says it is investigating the spill which was reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Andy Galarnyk with Kinder Morgan told Global News the spill is about 12 barrels in size, and was detected while performing regular maintenance on the pipeline.

Galarnyk says one of the crew members noticed a small pool of what looked like crude oil.

They determined the substance was in fact crude…

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