NEB online map tracks pipeline trouble

Interactive tool unveiled by federal pipeline regulator shows only recent spills, excludes small ones

Image from National Energy Board interactive map of pipeline incidents.

Image from National Energy Board interactive map of pipeline incidents.

The National Energy Board has launched an online interactive map that shows the locations and details of pipeline incidents such as oil spills and gas releases.

The map shows 65 incidents in B.C. since 2008, which is as far back as the data goes, and offers almost no details.

Most of the B.C. incidents involve gas pipeline releases or fires, mainly in northeastern B.C.

It shows four pipeline spills of oil in B.C. over the last seven years from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline – a 305-cubic-metre spill in Burnaby after a malfunction at the tank farm in 2009, a 90-cubic-metre spill of crude oil at the Sumas tank farm near Abbotsford in 2012, a 2013 release of four cubic metres of oil near Hope and an 11-cubic-metre release of waste oil near Kamloops in 2011.

But only one of those spills is classified as a “significant incident” – the smaller one at Hope in 2013.

Trans Mountain is also listed for operating the pipeline beyond design limits in 2012 and for a 2010 incident in Burnaby categorized as a serious injury.

Not included on the map are significant pre-2008 spills, particularly the 2007 Burnaby spill of 224 cubic metres of heavy crude that partly reached Burrard Inlet after the pipeline was ruptured by a backhoe, and the 2005 Ward Road spill of 246 cubic metres at the Sumas tank farm.

Trans Mountain has posted a chart on its website showing a more comprehensive history of those and other spills dating back to 1961.

The NEB says its map will be updated quarterly as new incidents occur or reports are revised.

NEB chair Peter Watson said the new tool demonstrates the federal regulator’s “increasing commitment to transparency.”

The map can be zoomed and filtered to display incidents by specific years or incident types.

It can be found at http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/sftnvrnmnt/sft/dshbrd/mp/index-eng.html.

Pipeline expansion opponent Lynn Perrin of the Pipe Up Network noted the NEB map doesn’t include smaller pipeline seeps and leaks of amounts below the reporting threshold of 1.5 cubic metres.

“I don’t think it gives the whole picture,” Perrin said. “The smaller spills can also be harmful. It doesn’t take very much oil to cause quite a bit of damage, especially to fish and some of the endangered aquatic species.”

The NEB’s review of Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline remains under steady fire from critics who consider it unfair.

Seven B.C. cities, including Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver, last month signed a joint declaration of non-confidence in the NEB process and demanded it be halted.

Just Posted

These three kittens, seen here on Thursday, June 10, 2021, are just some of many up for adoption at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Three kittens at the Chilliwack SPCA

Kittens were in ‘rough shape’ when they came into the Chilliwack SPCA, now ready for adoption

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Chilliwack family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A new sign was installed at St. Thomas Anglican Church on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Community effort to install new sign at Chilliwack’s oldest church

‘We feel it’s a step in the right direction to bring the church up-to-date,’ says St. Thomas parishioner

Dennis Saulnier rescued his daughters, two-year-old Brinley (left) and four-year-old Keegan, after their truck was driven off the road and into Cultus Lake on May 16, 2020. Reporter Jenna Hauck has been recognized by the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association for her story on the rescue. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Chilliwack Progress, Hope Standard staff take home 7 Ma Murray awards

Jenna Hauck, Eric Welsh, Jessica Peters, Emelie Peacock all earn journalism industry recognition

A student prepares to throw a plate full of whipped cream at principal Jim Egdcombe’s face as vice principal Devin Atkins watches as part of a fundraiser at Leary Integrated Arts and Technology elementary on Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The pied principals: Chilliwack elementary staff get messy for charity

Cops for Cancer fundraiser saw kids ‘pie the principal’ at Leary elementary in Chilliwack

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Most Read