TRANS MOUNTAIN – Pipeline restarted after accidental ‘release’ at Darfield

Crude was flowing through the Trans Mountain pipeline again Sunday afternoon after a brief shutdown caused by a 100-litre leak from a flow metre. The pipeline was re-opened at about 3:20 p.m.

Following is a statement issued by Trans Mountain:

“In the early hours of May 27, 2018 Trans Mountain’s internal safety systems alerted us to an operational disruption at our Darfield Pump Station near Barriere, BC. The station was quickly isolated and as a precaution, the main Trans Mountain Pipeline was shut down. Following the necessary inspections, the Trans Mountain Pipeline was restarted at approximately 3:20 p.m.

“Crews are onsite and air monitoring is ongoing, with no concerns outside the pump station at this time.

“An investigation confirmed a release of product from some station piping and has been contained entirely within Trans Mountain’s facility. The product is a medium crude blend and no specific estimate of volume is available at this time.

“Regulatory notifications have been completed and neighbours and other stakeholders in the vicinity have, or are being notified. Cleanup of the pump station is underway and neighbours and those passing by may notice an increase in vehicle activity.”

Earlier story:

News reports say a minor spill has occurred at Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline at Darfield north of Barriere.

Trans Mountain today (Sunday, May 27, 2018) described the product as “a medium crude blend.”

Canadian Press reported that about 100 litres of crude oil leaked into the ground, prompting an emergency response team to go into action.

The Ministry of Environment said the spill was contained within the Kinder Morgan property and was not threatening any waterways.

Kamloops This Week said a resident who lives nearby was informed of the spill this morning (Sunday, May 27, 2018) and that she smelled something like tar for a short time.

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1 Comment on TRANS MOUNTAIN – Pipeline restarted after accidental ‘release’ at Darfield

  1. Looks like KINDER MORGAN maintenance has kicked in already.
    Trans Mountain would have replaced the faulty part BEFORE the failure.

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