???Kinder Morgan suffered an oil spill at its Abbotsford tank farm, Vancouver, on 24th January.
The spill was in a containment area and the only threat to residents was that of ‘nuisance odours,’ says Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Lexa Hobenshield.
Hobenshield notes air quality tests were performed and the oil posed no health risks.
Environmentalists are using the spill as proof of the risks that the energy company’s expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline could present.
The incident comes two weeks into the public hearings for Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline that would see a 1,172-kilometre pipeline stretched across northern B.C. and Alberta.
Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline runs from Edmonton to the Lower Mainland, where a portion of its flow is then shipped by tanker out of Vancouver. The company is expected to apply to the National Energy Board to double capacity of the 1,150-kilometre pipeline, upping the flow to about 600,000 barrels of oil a day.