VANCOUVER — The RCMP are still investigating a case involving two tonnes of a potentially explosive chemical that went missing after the mystery appeared to have been solved. Cpl. Annie Linteau said terminal company Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMP) called the Mounties on Dec. 31 to say 6,000 bags of ammonium nitrate went missing last fall from its facility after being shipped from Alberta. Linteau said that on Jan. 6 the company called back to say a clerical error was to blame and that the material that was to be transported to another firm’s terminal in Surrey, B.C., had been accounted for.
“RCMP and Natural Resources Canada investigators have since been conducting a detailed review to validate Kinder Morgan’s assessment,” she said in a statement.
“To date, investigators have not been able to confirm Kinder Morgan’s conclusions. The RCMP will continue to work diligently to determine whether any product is in fact missing and if so what happened to it.” Linteau said that so far, there’s no evidence of any theft or wrongdoing.
Lexa Hobenshield, a spokeswoman for Texas-based Kinder Morgan, said the company’s Vancouver Wharves terminal is co-operating with the RCMP and other authorities conducting the probe. “Although the discrepancy was discovered by Vancouver Wharves employees there are many other links in the chain, including the point of origin, the customer, and the receiving terminal,” she said.