Pipeline operator must fix flaws in oil spill plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators have ordered the operator of the Trans Mountain pipeline to correct deficiencies in its new oil spill response plan for the 64-mile pipeline that runs in the state.

The Department of Ecology said Monday that the pipeline operator has 60 days to provide more details, including how it would response to a spill of heavy oils.

The Puget Sound pipeline has been carrying oil from Canada to refineries in Ferndale and Anacortes since the 1950s.

Trans Mountain said in an email Monday that it’s reviewing Ecology’s conditions and would respond within the time allowed.

The Canadian government recently bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $3.4 billion.

Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal last month overturned the approval of a contentious expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast.