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Kinder Morgan pipeline shut down by operator after small oil leak discovered

The Kinder Morgan Pipeline is seen in this file photo. Kinder Morgan, Global News files

The Trans Mountain pipeline between B.C. and Alberta is closed as a precaution after Kinder Morgan found a “small amount” of petroleum in the soil.

The volume of oil is estimated at 20 to 25 barrels, according to Kinder Morgan. The company says no waterways or wildlife have been affected.

The leak was discovered yesterday north of Hope during a routine inspection.

Kinder Morgan says it’s following the same procedures used earlier this month when a small leak was discovered near Merritt.

The company also says it has notified regulators, area First Nations, local businesses and the media after the oil was discovered.

The pipeline is expected to be re-started sometime today.

A few barrels of oil seeped from the pipeline on June 12 prompting Kinder Morgan to shut down the line for about 24 hours.

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