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Trans Mountain Pipeline to carry Alberta oil to Vancouver

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Ever since the Leduc oil strike of 1947, the crude has been flowing fast from oil wells in Alberta. To transport it to markets where it's needed, the Kinder Morgan company has engineered and built the 718-mile-long (1,150 km) Trans Mountain Pipeline. Workers blasted through rock, drained swampland and dug a tunnel under the Fraser River, before carefully welding, wrapping and laying down the sections of pipe. In this 1953 report from the CBC-TV program Newsmagazine, the almost $100 million pipeline is a good-news story for oil-hungry markets.
• This was the second large-scale pipeline to be constructed to carry oil from Alberta to markets far away. The first, the Interprovinical Pipeline, ran southeast from Edmonton to Superior, Wisconsin, following a route across the Prairies and along the shore of Lake Superior. It was later extended to Sarnia, Ont.

• The Trans Mountain Pipeline is capable of carrying different products through the pipe in a series, one after the other. Due to their differing densities, heavy crude, light crude, distillates and gasoline can all travel with a minimum of mixing.

• The pipeline has ruptured numerous times. In 2007, a contractor working for the city of Burnaby punctured the pipeline while digging a new storm sewer line, apparently unaware that the oil pipeline existed. According to CBC.ca, almost 250,000 litres of oil spilled into nearby waterways before the rupture could be contained.

• Kinder Morgan, the company that owns the Trans Mountain Pipeline, operates almost 60,000 kilometres of oil pipelines across North America.
Medium: Television
Program: Newsmagazine
Broadcast Date: Nov. 1, 1953
Duration: 12:08

Last updated: June 20, 2014

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