Oil spill was 4,800 litres

A crude oil spill last month at a Kinder Morgan station near Kamloops was nearly 50-times larger than what the provincial government originally stated.

The spill that occurred on May 27 at the Darfield pump station, about 80 kilometres north of Kamloops, leaked about 4,800 litres of oil into the ground, the Ministry of Environment confirmed to Castanet.

Initially, the ministry reported the leak to be only 100 litres — the minimum threshold under spill reporting obligations.

"Ministry officials have communicated with Kinder Morgan the importance of accurate volume reporting," a ministry spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The spill was caused by a leak in a flow metre. The province said no waterways were impacted, adding the spill was contained to the pump station property.

Two days after the incident, the federal government announced it will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and Kinder Morgan's related assets for $4.5 billion.

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