KAMLOOPS, B.C. -Officials say a spill from Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline two weeks ago was 48 times larger than initially reported.
A spill from Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline late last month was 48 times larger than initially reported, officials said. Turns out spill was 4,800 litres.
As a precaution after the spill, the company shut down the main Trans Mountain pipeline, but restarted it later that day.
"Trans Mountain had not provided an estimate of the volume spilled, other than to confirm with regulators that it was over the reportable threshold, until cleanup had sufficiently progressed to a stage where an accurate estimation could be provided", said spokesperson Ali Hounsell in an emailed statement.
A crude oil spill last month at a Kinder Morgan station near Kamloops was almost 50-times larger than what the provincial government originally reported.
The Ministry originally said the May 27 spill at the Darfield station was around 100 litres.
While the Ministry of Environment said no waterways were affected by the leak, environmentalists and Canadian members of parliament highlighted the leak as a telling example of the dangers pipelines pose to people and the environment and continued denouncing Trudeau's buyout.
Under British Columbia's spill reporting regulation, Trans Mountain was required to report the spill immediately.
A crane operates at Kinder Morgan's Trans-Mountain marine terminal, in Burnaby, B.C., on May 29.
She says Trans Mountain is in the final stages of completing the cleanup.
The company suspended all non-essential construction on the project in April, citing opposition from the B.C. government that put the viability of the pipeline in question. The sale is expected to close in the second half of the year.
The deal comes as Kinder Morgan Canada said it is paying $1.5 million in bonuses to its two top executives to ensure they stay with the company as the Trans Mountain pipeline system is sold to the federal government.
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