Oil spill from Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline reported near Merritt, B.C.
Kinder Morgan's TransMountain pipeline released oil southwest of Merritt, BC yesterday, the National Energy Board said in a news release today stating that "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," NEB's spokesperson said.
The spill is located on crown land along the pipeline right-of-way (a map of the area is included above). The NEB 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."
The NEB said its Emergency Response Team has been deployed and will be onsite to monitor and assess the companies' immediate response, investigation and clean up. Representatives from Kinder Morgan are also onsite along with local first responders.
"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," NEB said.