CALGARY, Alberta, June 13 Kinder Morgan Energy
Partners LP has shut its 307,000-barrel-per-day Trans
Mountain crude oil pipeline after a spill of about 12 barrels of
oil was detected near Kingsvale, British Columbia, the company
said on Thursday.
Repairs were underway the line, which runs west across the
Canadian Rockies from Edmonton, Alberta, to the Vancouver area
and Puget Sound, but the company did not have details on when
flows will resume.
Kinder Morgan spokesman Andrew Galarnyk said the company
will need approval from Canada's National Energy Board before
the line can restart.
News of the spill, though relatively small, could intensify
environmental opposition to expanding the 1,150-kilometre
(715-mile) pipeline, which transports batches of crude oil,
refined and semi-refined products.
Kinder Morgan has plans to nearly triple the capacity of the
Trans Mountain line to 890,000 barrels per day. It is currently
the only pipeline transporting crude from the oil sands of
northern Alberta to the West Coast.
The company shut the line on Wednesday afternoon when light
crude oil was first spotted on the surface of the pipeline's
right of way during routine maintenance.
"The release area is fully contained and there is no impact
to any water course and no threat to the public. Early
indications are that the volume is small at less than two cubic
meters (12 barrels)," Galarnyk said in a statement.
Canadian cash crude prices fell in early trade on news of
the Trans Mountain spill, before rebounding.
Western Canada Select heavy blend for July delivery last
traded at $11.00 per barrel below the West Texas Intermediate
benchmark, while light synthetic crude from the oil sands traded
at a premium of $12.50 per barrel to WTI, according to Shorcan