Trans Mountain Pipeline shut down after spill north of Kamloops

May 27 2018, 11:38 pm

The Trans Mountain Pipeline was shut down early Sunday morning, after an “operational disruption” at the company’s Darfield Pump Station,  located about a 50-minute drive north of Kamloops, near the town of Barriere.

According to a statement from the company, the station was “quickly isolated” and as a precaution, the main Trans Mountain Pipeline was shut down.

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

Crews are onsite and air monitoring is ongoing, “with no concerns outside the pump station at this time,” the company added. “Regulatory notifications have been completed and neighbours and other stakeholders in the vicinity have, or are being notified, as well.”

Cleanup of the pump station is underway and neighbours and “those passing by may notice an increase in vehicle activity.”

Following the inspections, the Trans Mountain Pipeline was restarted at approximately 3:20 pm.

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