UPDATE: Nearly two days after the spill, many Burnaby residents whose homes and properties were within reach of the oil spray are being told that it is unknown when they can return to their homes, or--in some cases--if they can return at all. In addition, the US company in charge of the pipeline, Kinder Morgan, doesn't exactly have a reputation for safety or safe practices:
B. Cusano Contracting declined comment when contacted by the Straight.
Shortly before Kinder Morgan took over Terasen in 2005, the Straight
reported that the U.S. energy giant had racked up large fines in the
U.S. for safety violations, including a gas explosion that killed five
and injured four others in San Francisco's Bay Area in 2004.
In addition, the construction company (B. Cusano, mentioned above) was supposed to follow formal guidelines for construction around pipelines, including providing a wide berth around oil lines. So far, it's not clear why these guidelines were not followed. The guidelines would have been monitered by Kinder Morgan.
Shawn Soucy for Spirit Media has provided NowPublic with this amazing video of the oil spill. Click on the big black video screen to the right.
A construction crew apparently ruptured at 24-inch oil pipeline while digging on a city street.
Burnaby is a community near Vancouver, British Columbia. There is a nearby oil refinery on Burrard Inlet.
A pipeline running under a highway in Burnaby, B.C. ruptured after a reported roadwork accident, spilling huge amounts of oil.
The oil gushed for a reported 25 minutes before crews were able to staunch the flow.
Officials cancelled an initial evacuation order now that the leak has been contained. However, and there are fears that a major environmental problem may be developing.