I am writing in response to an article by Jason Hewlett that appeared in your paper on Aug. 15 (Pipeline Protest Planned For Saturday).
In the article, several unfounded claims were made about the integrity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
The Trans Mountain pipeline has been responsibly transporting petroleum products to and through B.C. since 1953.
For six decades, our employees and facilities have been part of many communities in the Kamloops area. We share the value residents place on the environment and our prevention and maintenance programs are built around our belief that no spill or leak is acceptable.
That is why I must assure your readers that there is absolutely no evidence to support the statements by Mr. Ellis, quoted in your news story, that there are “. . . thousands of pinhole leaks” along the pipeline, nor that a major leak is inevitable, nor that “…the pipeline is leaking more than they (Kinder Morgan) are reporting.”
Kinder Morgan Canada, the operator of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, has a comprehensive integrity management program that includes ground and air patrols of the pipeline, leading-edge inline inspection equipment and a state-of-the-art control centre that monitors the pipeline around the clock. We take our reporting requirements very seriously and report any incidents along the pipeline to our regulators.
Anyone who suspects they have found a leak should be contacting us, without
delay. The emergency contact numbers are clearly visible and can be found on the marker posts that are placed along the right-of-way.
We understand and expect that people have questions and concerns about the pipeline.
We are always happy to answer questions and hear your feedback about the current line or our proposed expansion.
We hope that interested Kamloops and area residents will take the time to learn more and provide their views at www.transmountain.com.
Kinder Morgan Canada