Pipeline Rupture Coats Vancouver Suburb in Black Slick, Prompting Evacuations
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07/25/2007 09:52 AM
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Burst oil pipe sprays Vancouver
A major oil pipeline has burst in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada, causing homes to be evacuated and threatening the city's port.
Witnesses described crude oil shooting out of the burst pipe. The oil then ran downhill and into an ocean inlet before the pipeline's flow was shut off.
A roadwork crew ruptured the pipe, said Derek Corrigan, the mayor of Burnaby.
Officials for the port of Vancouver said they were working to contain the spill away from the busy harbour.
At least 50 homes were evacuated as crude oil shot out of the burst pipe, raining down on houses and coating a road.
[link to news.bbc.co.uk]