Who’s to blame for oil spill? - Metro US

Who’s to blame for oil spill?

Accuracy of pipeline map questioned

Jessica Smith/for metro vancouver

A member of the clean-up crew at the oil spill site in Burnaby sprays water down a manhole, yesterday afternoon. It’s estimated that it’ll take weeks to complete the land-based cleanup.

All but seven of the 40 families who took part in a voluntary evacuation when an oil pipeline erupted in Burnaby last week have returned to their homes, but the question of who is to blame remains.

An inquiry is ongoing by the Transportation Safety Board, but Paul Huddleston, spokesman for Kinder Morgan, said he believes the map supplied by his company is accurate.

Whether the map of where the pipeline is is wrong or a contracting company made a mistake is an issue in the inquiry. Last week, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan suggested the map with the location of the pipeline was inaccurate.

Debby Crouch, whose yard overlooks Inlet Drive where the pipeline burst said she and her husband, a Vancouver firefighter, aren’t concerned with long-term effects of crude oil on their property.

“Replace what’s damaged, that’s all we’re looking for,” she said.

Tony Loeffler, who lives two blocks from where the geyser of oil erupted, said Kinder Morgan has offered to pay the deductible for his insurance, but he’s still making a mental list of what he should claim.

“All my mom’s fancy plants are going to die. How do you put a cost at that?” he asked.


  • Paul Huddleston also said that 80 per cent of the oil has been recovered. Fifty-thousand litres of oil remain.

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