Firms fined for 2007 oil spill in Burn­aby

Times Colonist - - British Columbia -

BURN­ABY — A judge or­dered oil gi­ant Kinder Mor­gan and two other B.C.based com­pa­nies Thurs­day to each pay $150,000 in the 2007 rup­tur­ing of a crudeoil pipe­line in Burn­aby.

Provin­cial court Judge Con­nie Bag­nall ruled a se­ries of “small er­rors” led to the big spill, but de­cided the com­pa­nies in­volved did not show neg­li­gence in in­tro­duc­ing 224,000 litres of al­bian heavy syn­thetic crude oil to Burn­aby’s Westridge neigh­bour­hood and into Bur­rard In­let.

About 210,000 litres of the thick, toxic and pun­gent black goo were re­cov­ered fol­low­ing months of cleanup of the area and nearby shore­line af­ter the July 24, 2007 spill.

“This is not a sit­u­a­tion where pol­lu­tion was let out for profit,” said Bag­nall dur­ing sen­tenc­ing.

“The spill was, in con­trary, an ac­ci­dent,” she said.

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