This story came out two weeks ago and we didn’t post it. At the time it appeared the two tons of missing ammonium nitrate was most likely just a clerical error. Apparently that may not be end of the story according to an article in CTV News. We’ve been unable to locate any additional information confirming if the ammonium nitrate has been found or is still missing. We will attempt to get more details and update the story if and when they become available. The RCMP does not intend to adjust its terror threat level prior to the Olympic Games as a result of the incident according to these reports, and states there is no indication that criminal activity is involved.
From CTV News Authorities RCMP officials have intensified their investigation into two tons of an explosive chemical compound that went missing, CTV News has learned.
Last month, pipeline and energy storage company Kinder Morgan contacted the RCMP to say that it couldn’t account for two one-ton bags of ammonium nitrate that had been part of a 6,000-bag shipment.
About a week later, the company said that the discrepancy was simply due to a clerical error, and RCMP officials said they were “satisfied that no product is missing.”
However, this past weekend, RCMP officials said they couldn’t confirm if a clerical error had, in fact, occurred and were still investigating.
Here’s what CTV News has learned:
* The 6,000 tons of ammonium nitrate was manufactured in Alberta by Agrium Inc.
* It was shipped to Dyno Nobel, an explosives company, which prepared it and bagged it.
* Dyno Nobel hired one or more trucking companies to carry the explosive material across the Rockies to Kinder Morgan’s North Vancouver yard.
* From there, it was shipped to a storage facility in Surrey. That’s when the two bags were discovered missing.
On Friday, police asked for records from Calgary-based Agrium and Dyno Nobel, whose headquarters are in Utah.
via Full Article & Video.
Kinder Morgan responds to RCMP explosives probe
Pipeline and energy storage company Kinder Morgan says it is only one link in a chain of companies responsible for the transportation and storage of the explosive chemicals that were reported missing last month.
Police said they were contacted by Kinder Morgan on Dec. 31 about two one-tonne bags of ammonium nitrate that may have gone missing from a 6,000-bag shipment in the fall.
But on Jan. 6, police said the company told authorities the inventory discrepancy was the result of a clerical error, and that all material had been accounted for — a conclusion RCMP have not yet been able to confirm.
Lexa Hobenshield, a spokeswoman for the Texas-based company, said Kinder Morgan’s Vancouver Wharves terminal is co-operating with the RCMP and other authorities conducting the probe, and that there are a number of other companies that handled the chemicals.
From The Calgary Herald on January 17th
With less than a month until the world’s eyes are on B.C. for the Olympic Winter Games, Mounties are still trying to account for missing ammonium nitrate.
Two tonnes of the chemical compound, which has been used in several terrorist bombings, was originally reported missing to the RCMP on Jan. 6.
Kinder Morgan, a pipeline and energy-storing company, had been transporting 6,000 bags of material from Alberta to North Vancouver when two bags could not be accounted for days before Christmas.
The discrepancy was discovered when the shipment was moved by a third-party trucking company to a facility.
On Jan. 7, the company determined the discrepancy was the result of a “clerical error.”
Mounties have been investigating the company’s assessment since then, but have been unable to confirm the accounting discrepancy.
“To date, investigators have not been able to confirm Kinder Morgan’s conclusions,” RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Annie Linteau said in a news release late Friday.
“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 there is no evidence to suggest theft or criminal wrongdoing.
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