Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Risks to Abbotsford

Adding Insult to Injury

Abbotsford Council is considering accepting $1.3 million from Kinder Morgan for what the corporation terms a “Community Benefit”. Kinder Morgan Offer of Community Amenity Contribution – Copy Landowners who have been abused  by  Trans Mountain staff and residents who were “directly affected” by three spills from the current toxic diluted bitumen  pipeline may see this as hush money at best and a bribe at worst.

Risks to agriculture and food security from toxic diluted bitumen pipeline


Risks to fish and species at risk habitat from pipeline repairs and construction Sumas Mountain KMTM remediation of McKay Brook Nov 3

McCallum Brook before and after Nov 2015 remediation

Concerns of Fraser and  Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities re toxic diluted bitumen spill:


Impacts on the Fraser River Watershed

City of Abbotsford communications with Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain 2015-19 PB Records Part 1 of 3 – Redacted




Application for Pipeline Facilities Certificate for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Schools near Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline

B.C. fears similar oil spill could happen

Pipeline critics say new lines or new expansions in B.C. will mean more spills are inevitable

Footprint Press Issue 8 Articles About the Fraser River

“NEB recently raised serious concerns about the fitness and integrity of one of the proposals, the Cochin Pipeline. It also questioned the adequacy of crack detection methods employed by Kinder Morgan.” The Tyee Hook Mar 15, 2013

U.S. oil spill renews B.C. fears

“Pipeline critics say new lines or new expansions in B.C. will mean more spills are inevitable” CBC report of  Mar 31, 2013 Arkansas spill

Arkansas-style pipeline spill could happen in Chilliwack, activists say

Abbotsford Times News Story of the Year: Abbotsford’soil interests

However, local critics with the Fraser Valley-based PIPE-UP network argue the expansion will mean digging up land, damming rivers and disturbing major community infrastructure, as well as endangering B.C. waters through increased oil tanker traffic in the Burrard Inlet.

Kinder Morgan pipeline project in for an increasingly rocky ride 

Comment: Someone – Kinder Morgan – Michael Smyth – seems to think those of us who were at the “public information meetings” were “protesters”. We were primarily there to provide crucial and well researched information on the risks of toxic diluted bitumen and this particular pipeline. While one of Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain info boards attempts to give assurances re emergency responses to spills, the Nov 2012 NEB report noted that Kinder Morgan staff not acting on three alarms for six hours after the Jan 2012 Trans Mountain Sumas Mtn tank farm spill from which fumes sent residents to hospital and closed an elementary school’s air intake system. Kinder Morgan is not likely to advise the public at their “information meetings” that a study by the Alberta health agency found there are increased cases of cancer in those close to diluted bitumen processing. Some of us also know you can more from giving honey than vinegar. Kinder Morgan staff do not know what I am planning on doing with info that staff unwittingly divulged to me. So stay tuned…..

Residents express concerns regarding the Jan 2012 spill on Sumas Mountain Abbotsford B.C.

NEB report of Sumas Tank Farm spill Jan 2012 B224-3_-_Province_of_British_Columbia_-_Attachment_-1.4b_-_A3Z2A7

Kinder Morgan refuses to tell residents what was in the January 2012 spill

Speakers also took exception to the term “nuisance odours” that Kinder Morgan used to describe the environment on the day of the spill.

“If I’m sick and my wife is sick and other residents are sick, then there are health concerns,” said Martin Sunderland, an Auguston resident and inspector with Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service. “This is more than an inconvenience. An inconvenience in Auguston is when raccoons get in my garbage. This is more than that.”

“When I bought my house there, I didn’t feel I was signing up as an early detection system for Kinder Morgan,” said Sunderland. “I don’t feel I should be chased out of my house by Kinder Morgan.”

Letter of comment from Pipe Up Network Nov 7, 2012

NEB rejects the intervention of residents and their elected representatives in the Part IV toll application

Ecojustice News Release re NEB rejection of interventions

NEB re Kinder Morgan toll hearing postponement with signatures

Response from NEB refusing to postpone or hold hearing in BC

Response from Kinder Morgan lawyers re Intervenor Status

NEB Secretary of the Board re KM letter of October 17 re Intervenor status

NEB rejects requests for Public Information sessions in BC

CBC Report of the Defend Our Coast Rally Oct. 22, 2013

News and Updates from Pipe Up Network

Anatomy of a Tar Sands Pipeline Spill   Details of the 2010 Kalamazoo tar sands spill

Video of Abbotsford Town Hall Meeting

Letter requesting  Inquiry Needed re Transportation of Dangerous Goods LacMeganticENRaitt5049581976886111770

Kinder Morgan Pipeline is less than 2 kms from 5 schools

KM TM Pipeline route in Abbotsford

200 creeks are located on Sumas Mountain as well as many endangered species.

First of Vancouver–China oil tankers Islands Tides article Mar 8 2012

Current Transportation Safety Board Investigations

Does not include the 2012 spill at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Sumas Mountain Tank Farm

Environment Canada 2011 Regulation Amendments

The Environmental Emergency Regulations came into force on November 18, 2003. That same year, based on consultations with non-profit stakeholders, Environment Canada committed to evaluate 49 additional substances for their potential to create environmental emergencies…..

The Amendments enhance the existing protection provided by the Regulations for specified substances that are flammable or hazardous. In addition, the Amendments clarify some existing provisions and provide exceptions from the requirements of the Regulations. These modifications include:

  • Addition of 33 substances and classes of substances representing different forms of the core 33 substances (a total of 41 individual substances) to Schedule 1 of the Regulations


Benzidine is known to be a CEPA toxic substance and is not included on Schedule
1 of the E2 Regulations. Thus will not be controlled under these regulations, but will be
considered under Section 199. Benzidine is not known to be manufactured, and is not on
the DSL list. Benzidine is considered to be essentially non-existent in Canadian
commerce, and thus the risk of an accidental release of benzidine is considered

This just in …. It’s Not Even Oil

If the Keystone XL goes through and they transport about 700,000 barrels a day, TransCanada would have to pay about $56,000 into the fund every day. That would be about $20 million a year.

But here’s some breaking news. The Internal Revenue Service, the agency who has to collect these taxes, has ruled that TransCanada’s Keystone XL won’t have to pay the tax.

What? These high pressure tar sand pipelines are spilling all over the place and they don’t have to pay into the Oil Spill Trust Fund? Yes, you read it right. That is correct.

Why? The IRS has ruled the tar sand or diluted bitumen as it’s called after they dilute it with poisonous chemicals, is not oil!

The IRS says it is not even a petroleum product! If I was reading this like you are, I would say, “Greg, you have been sniffing too many pipeline fumes! You must have your information wrong!”

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Sumas Mountain Tank Farm

This tank farm is very close to aggregate blasting which was identified as a risk by the Transportation Safety Board investigation of the 2005 spill at Kilgard Creek

Blasting in the Immediate Vicinity of the Pipeline

The immediate vicinity of the occurrence site is a mixture of residential and industrial establishments. There are several large rock quarries on either side of the pipeline that have been active for several decades. A common feature of these quarry operations is the regularity of heavy industrial blasting. Shockwaves from blasting in the vicinity of the pipeline can result in direct and indirect effects that, under certain conditions, may lead to the development of buckles. The closest quarry where blasting occurs is at Sumas Shale Inc., which is located between 300 and 600 m from the occurrence site on top of a high rock hill. The closest blasting to the pipeline was 70 m from the pipeline, but several hundred metres upstream of the occurrence site.

Terasen has a standard for reviewing blasting adjacent to the ROW: Terasen Engineering Standards and Practices – MP 3120C. This standard specifies that the maximum horizontal peak particle velocity and maximum amplitude resulting from blasting should be less than 50 millimetres per second (mm/s), which is a more conservative standard than the 60 mm/s standard set by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. This standard was initially intended to address blasting works related to the construction of a facility, such as a roadway or buried service, across and/or in proximity to a pipeline and ROW.

Terasen’s blasting standard does not permit any blasting within the ROW and requires the company to review blasting plans for any blasting within 100 m of the ROW. It may also require a review for blasting within 300 m of the ROW. Although blasting at the local quarries occurred, on average, once every six days for the six months preceding the occurrence, the Terasen Crossings Specialist did not have any blasting records for the previous few years for the Sumas Mountain area.

A review of the quarry company’s blasting records from January 2005 until the occurrence shows that the amount of charge could reach 3.5 tons of charge for a single blast. The quarry company’s blasting records had no information on the peak particle velocities associated with blasting.

Terasen indicated that the blasting did not contribute to the failure in any meaningful manner. However, it could not determine whether regular blasting contributed to

  • the landfill material settling deeper into the peat;
  • the migration of the landfill material; or
  • the migration of the underlying compressed peat material in the direction of the pipeline.

Findings as to Causes and Contributing Factors

  1. As a result of a significant bending stress imposed on a pre-existing cold bend, a buckle and associated cracks formed in the cold bend and subsequently grew as a result of imposed cyclic stresses; consequently, the pipeline failed.
  2. Migration of the compressed peat layer and consolidation of the soft silt layer, created by the application of landfill, disturbed the state of equilibrium of the native peat, silt, and sand/gravel layers and produced the bending forces sufficient to displace the 508 mm diameter pipeline.
  3. The response to the leak was delayed because of a lack of an effective leak detection system and an effective response to odour complaints.
  4. Because the frequency of vegetation clearing had been reduced, the Terasen Pipelines (Trans Mountain) Inc. employee responding to the complaints was impeded by dense growth on the right-of-way.
  5. The delays in emergency response, as well as the time taken to identify the leak, increased the severity of the accident.
  6. A lack of communications between the landfill site owner, the City of Abbotsford, and Terasen exposed the pipeline to a threat from excessive landfill operations.

Finding as to Risk

Employees and other responders who are not wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment are exposed to health and safety risks when operating in the vicinity of a leak.

Kinder Morgan ordered to pay $150,000 in Burnaby oil spill

Environment BC incident report of 2007 spill in Burnaby

Environmental Setting and Impacts

Apprximately 50 homes, property, and a section of the Barnett Highway were impacted when the 24 inch pipeline was ruptured, resulting in a 30 meter geyser of oil spraying into the air and covering the surrounding area with oil over approximately a 25 minute period. Subsequently the oil seeped into the surrounding soil, storm drains, sewer lines and along other down gradient pathways. The oil moving through the storm drain system eventually reached the marine waters of Burrard Inlet below the spill site where it began to spread further with wind and tides.

11 homes were severely impacted with oiling and numerous residents have been displaced from the area. The Barnett highway was closed for several days due to the oil covering the area and the need for cleanup activities. The marine environment in Burrard Inlet and approximately 1200 meters of shoreline have also been affected. A number of birds have also been impacted after coming in contact with the oil.

Additional impacts are also likely due to the ongoing nature of the event at the current time. Ministry staff continue to assess and monitor the situation, provide technical expertise to the response efforts, and ensure appropriate cleanup is carried out.

Environmental Emergencies Program Annual Report 2008 – 2009

• A pipeline spill northeast of Fort Nelson occurred in July 2007. Its cleanup was finished in late 2008, costing $35 million in total. Page 19

NOT Reported on Ministry of Environment Incident Overviews – 2007 web page

Source Huffington Post

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