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Found this on another site thought I would post here for all to read. Definatly not good news.

Ruptured oil line gushing 'river of oil' into Burrard Inlet

Tuesday, July 24 - 12:59:39 PM

BURNABY (NEWS1130) - Thousands of litre of oil are gushing out of a pipeline beneath the Barnet Highway in Burnaby, and the area is being evacuated. Witnesses are calling it a 'river' of oil, and say there is so much oil it's now pouring into Burrard Inlet, potentially becoming a major spill. A road crew apparently ruptured the line and the oil is shooting into the air and pouring downhill to the water.

Workers in the area are saying the line carries crude from oil tanker docks to a nearby refinery. Burnaby firefighters, police and oil workers are all responding. Evacuations are underway in homes from West of Inlet Drive, along Ridge, Belcarra Malibu Drive and North Cliff Cresent.
 

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I live near there, but right on the same pipeline. You would think Transmountain/terasen or whoever is operating it would have been able to shut it down right away....

The water is almost a half km away from where it spilt.
 

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I work at milani auto sale right near the closure AND DAMN a couple co-workers got pics wow oil covering a couple houses the lamp posts the road might be closed for a two days according to the police BAD BAD BAD SPILL!!!
 

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Just saw a bit of it on the news and they said the big problem was that it got into the storm drains that empty into the inlet :'( .
 

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We had to do a dig last summer where we had to go under the pipeline. The fellow from duke energy (at the time) was saying there is approx 7to 800 psi and the flows range from about 1500 to 2800 gallons per minute. He was saying if we hit it and it ignited you would'nt even have time to react. Man it sure shows how much oil is actually in there. As for shut down times, even before the call was made I would think the line was already shut down. Most lines have safetys in the event of pressure drop that shuts them down. from the residual prssure in the line that would have been enough to cause a massive spill.
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Hey guys

I heard today the the crew that was doing the excavating had a detailed drawing of the pipelines location, the only problem was the drawing showed the pipeline 9 meters away from it's actual location. As far as they were concerned they were well away from the pipe they ended up hitting. The company that is in charge of the pipeline do not have a great track record, they had a major explosion in I believe it was California, under very similar circumstances. Maybe time for somebody to check on the safety policies,or get the drafting guy a new tape measure.

Hope the clean up goes well and the environmental damage is kept to a minimum, the houses and cars can be cleaned and or replaced, but mother nature is a lot harder to repair.

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Spent the day there yesterday working for Quantum Environmental doing safety officer work.....
There is a sick amount of thick oil on the rocks..It will be a couple on months hard work getting it cleaned off..
Oil is still coming through the ground and drains...
It was a long and rather depressing day...
If you know of anyone who is looking for some temporary work(5-6 weeks), shoot me a PM,,,they are hiring people to work the beach, hard work, but better than nothing..Must be at least 16....
 
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