Kinder Morgan LS-14 Diesel Discharge

Forest Park, OR - Region X


Site Contact:

Richard Franklin
On-Scene Coordinator

NW Laidlaw Road and NW 124th Ave.
Forest Park, OR 97229

Latitude: 45.5582520
Longitude: -122.7990590
NRC#: 1273474

Late in the evening of 3/13/2020, Kinder Morgan (KM) discovered a pressure drop on it's 8" refined products pipeline in a hilly area near the unincorporated area of Bethany, a western suburb of Portland, Oregon. KM immediately shut down and blocked in the pipeline, then began an investigation and instituted a pressure test on the pipeline. Shortly before midnight KM determined that the pipeline had a likely spill. Shortly after 4:00 AM on 3/14/2020, KM did find evidence of a leak at Milepost 14 of the pipeline, and immediately mobilized response crews to the site.

After EPA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) were notified of the spill, both agencies mobilized Federal and State On-Scene Coordinators to the site to begin an investigation and enter into Unified Command with Kinder Morgan.