CALGARY, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB or Board)
is responding to the discovery of crude oil on the TransMountain
Pipeline north of Hope, BC owned and operated by Kinder Morgan Canada.
While conducting scheduled maintenance on the line, KM reported that
they had found contaminated soil. The size of the release has yet to be
determined by the NEB. There is no immediate safety concern for local
residents and precautions are being taken to ensure continued public
The NEB received an incident report late yesterday afternoon. The
release is located on crown land along the pipeline right-of-way. The
pipeline has been shut down to prevent additional oil from being
released into the environment.
The NEB's Emergency Response Team has been deployed and will be onsite
to monitor and assess the company's immediate response, investigation
and clean up. Representatives from the affected company are also onsite
along with local first responders.
An NEB investigation stemming from the discovery of oil on the
TransMountain Pipeline reported on 12 June 2013 is already underway.
Through its investigation of this most recent incident, the NEB will
seek to determine whether they are isolated or similar in nature.
In an emergency, the Board works with federal, provincial and
territorial partners to coordinate the regulatory response. The NEB's
priority in any emergency is to make sure that people are safe and the
environment is protected.
The National Energy Board holds regulated companies fully responsible
and accountable for responding in a manner that protects the public,
property and the environment. This includes clean-up and site
remediation. The Board's long-term goal with any incident is the full
restoration and re-vegetation of the site including any potential
effects on sub-surface groundwater. We do not relax our expectations
of a company, or our response, regardless of the size of the incident.
This news release is available on the NEB's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!
SOURCE: Government of Canada
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