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Firms fined for 2007 oil spill in Burnaby


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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