Kinder Morgan confirmed Friday an original estimate that only 20 to 25 barrels of oil leaked from its Trans Mountain pipeline, even though it removed 600 truckloads of earth to clean it up.
Spills occurred this summer at two locations in the Coquihalla area. The company has said the spills did not create any health or environmental concerns.
Since then, National Energy Board (NEB) has ordered pipeline operator Kinder Morgan to run the pipeline at 80 per cent pressure, despite hydrostatic testing this summer the company said proves it is fully safe.
NEB cited a figure of 5,000 cubic metres of soil removed from Coquihalla Canyon as part of Kinder Morgan’s spill response and remediation.
“A large volume of the soil removed was not considered hazardous waste, but was removed to meet strict clean-up criteria because of the location within a provincial park,” said Kinder Morgan spokesman Andrew Galarnyk.
“At this point our estimate of the volume of oil released in June remains at between 20 to 25 barrels.”
Galarnyk said the company continues to work with regulators to ensure the sites are remediated to the original condition.
Pipeline critic David Ellis said the company shouldn’t be able to bring the line back up to 100 per cent due to the risks it presents to the Coquihalla River, a tributary of the Fraser River.