Rally to mark six years since Burnaby pipeline rupture

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Wanda Chow
The sixth anniversary of the rupture of the Trans Mountain pipeline in North Burnaby will be marked by a rally on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m., say Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE).

The rally, at Westridge Park, 320 Cliff Ave. in Burnaby will mark the rupture of the Kinder Morgan-owned pipeline on Inlet Drive, which resulted in the area being evacuated and homes being covered by oil.

The Transportation Safety Board investigation of the incident determined it was caused by out-of-date maps and poor communication among those involved in the work at the time, to install a new storm sewer line for the city.

The rupture released 234,000 litres of crude oil, much of it into Burrard Inlet, of which 210,000 was recovered. It sprayed 11 homes, emergency crews and two members of the public, and caused the evacuation of 250 area residents.

Remediation work cost over $14 million, says BROKE, which opposes Kinder Morgan’s plan to more than double the capacity of the pipeline.

“If approved by the National Energy Board or directly by the federal government, this could box in residents in the Westridge area with the old oil pipeline running down Inlet Drive and the proposed new one running down Cliff Avenue,” BROKE said in a press release. It also opposes the increase in tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet that would result from such an expansion.

Info: info@brokepipelinewatch.ca