SURREY, B.C. – A gasoline-like substance found in the area where the Trans Mountain pipeline runs through Surrey, B.C., has been traced to a private home.
The pipeline was shut down earlier Sunday amid an odour complaint and reports of a gasoline-like substance in a ditch.
But in a statement Sunday night, the provincial environment ministry said the spill had been “traced to a private residence.”
Earlier Sunday, the ministry said it was notified about the smell at 1:15 a.m. and a vacuum truck was sent to the scene to clean up minor “sheens.” It said the pipeline was shut down as a “precautionary measure.”
The existing Trans Mountain pipeline was owned by Kinder Morgan Canada until earlier this year, when the federal government bought it for $4.5 billion.
The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed Ottawa’s approval of a plan to triple the pipeline’s capacity, ruling it was done without a proper review of environmental impacts or adequate consultation of Indigenous people.