35,000-gallon crude oil leak contained at site

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2000

LAUREL, Wash. (AP) -- About 35,000 gallons of crude oil leaked out of a vent along a pipeline that was being restarted after a shutdown for improvements to the line, officials said.

The spill Thursday night was contained at the site of the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Co. operation near this hamlet north of Bellingham, company spokeswoman Joan Hess said.

She said the line had been shut down for upgrades during the past couple of days and was being refilled when the leak occurred about 9:30 p.m.

Cleanup was expected to be completed Friday and an environmental assessment will be made, officials said. Personnel from the state Ecology Department and Department of Emergency Management were at the scene.

The Trans Mountain pipeline carries crude oil from Canada to refineries at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham, and elsewhere in Washington state.

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