The Sierra Club B.C. says a recent oil spill is further evidence that Kinder Morgan’s plan to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline should be opposed.
“The accident near Merritt shows that B.C. is not immune to potentially disastrous oil spills,” Sarah Cox, the environmental group’s interim executive director said in a release today (June 13).
“It’s proof positive that we need to reject Kinder Morgan’s proposal to build a second pipeline in order to ship tar sands bitumen past Victoria and the Gulf Islands.”
The Trans Mountain spill happened along a pipeline right-of-way on Crown land southwest of Merritt, B.C., according to a separate release today from the National Energy Board. The incident was reported yesterday.
“The size of the spill 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 safety,” the regulatory agency's release said.
“The pipeline has been shut down to prevent additional oil from being released into the environment and the company is currently in the process of contacting area residents.”
Kinder Morgan estimates around 12 barrels of crude oil spilled during the incident, according to news reports.