An oil spill has forced the closure of the pipeline, Trans Mountain, owned by the canadian government, Saturday, in British Columbia.
The incident was reported early in the morning to the pumping station Sumas, located in Abbotsford, in the south of the province. The Trans Mountain Corporation, which operates the network, has confirmed that an alarm had been triggered and that an audit team had been sent on site.
The breach has been filled and the cleaning of the site was undertaken on Saturday. The pipeline has been closed until further notice. The company has not revealed how much was the volume of oil having been spilled.
According to the news agency Bloomberg, the leak would have been caused by an opening about an inch in diameter. There would be no danger for the population and the incident was placed under investigation by the Office of the transportation safety board of Canada.
The pipeline is used to send more than 300 000 barrels of crude oil over a distance of 1150 km between Alberta and British Columbia. The Trans Mountain also intends to 111 miles of pipeline in the State of Washington, in the United States. It was purchased from the company Kinder Morgan by the government of Canada in 2018.