CER Environmental Protection Inspection Officer deployed, to conduct inspection with IAMC Indigenous Monitors at incident site
June 15, 2020
The CER remains on-site and actively involved in responding to the above ground crude oil release at Trans Mountains’ Sumas Pump Station in Abbotsford, BC.
As of today, the CER has two Inspection Officers at the site. A CER Emergency Management Inspection Officer was deployed to the incident site shortly after the incident was reported on June 13, 2020. The Inspection Officer is overseeing the company’s ongoing response and planning and recovery operations as part of Unified Command. Federal and provincial agencies are also involved in this ongoing, cooperative incident response.
The CER Environmental Protection Inspection Officer deployed today will meet with Indigenous Monitors from the Trans Mountain Indigenous Advisory Monitoring Committee (IAMC). The IAMC Indigenous Monitors will be participating in Trans Mountain’s Incident Command Post and will be conducting a joint environmental inspection with the CER at the Sumas Pump Station. This inspection report will be publicly available once complete. The CER continues to update the IAMC as information becomes available.
The company has confirmed that the majority of standing oil has been recovered and oiled soil and gravel is now being removed. Trans Mountain now estimates that roughly 150 -190 cubic meters of crude oil was released, all of which was contained to company property.
Trans Mountain will be held accountable to clean up and remediate the incident site in accordance with CER regulations and guidelines.
Further updates will be provided as available.
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