Kingsvale, BC – Crews have completed the repair of the Trans Mountain pipeline approximately 20 km south west of Merritt, BC. The source of the seepage from the pipeline was a small defect that the company’s pipeline integrity program had detected, leading to our presence at the location on June 12 and the resulting discovery of a small amount of oil on the right of way. The Company notified regulators, area First Nations, neighbours and interested parties after the oil was discovered and initiated an immediate and thorough clean up response.

All contaminated soil has been safely removed and the company now estimates the total volume of oil released was less than 1 cubic metre (less than 6 barrels) compared with the earlier estimate of less than 2 cubic metres (less than 12 barrels). Site remediation will continue to ensure that the surrounding area is restored to its previous condition.

The company continues to work cooperatively with its regulator, the National Energy Board. Restart of the pipeline is expected by mid afternoon today, June 14th, 2013. Despite the small volume of oil released, the Company response continues to be immediate and thorough with safety as a top priority in protecting people, and the environment as it works toward bringing the pipeline back into service.