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Current Refinery Operating Status - The refinery is operating normally

The Burnaby Refinery is divided into two main distinct areas separated by Confederation Park: Area 1 (Tank Farm) and Area 2 (Refinery). 

We have several different programs to protect the refinery’s surrounding environment. The BC Ministry of Environment provides oversight of these programs. They include the:  

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Perimeter Monitoring Program (PMP)

The PMP has been in place in both areas of the refinery since 2004 and consists of a network of monitoring wells on the downgradient side of the refinery that are monitored on a regular basis.  

Foreshore Passive Treatment System (FPTS)

The FPTS consists of two trenches in the foreshore below Area 2. The materials in the trenches naturally capture and remediate any hydrocarbons that may be migrating in groundwater from Area 2. The FPTS won the Environmental Managers’ Association of BC Restoration and Remediation award in 2018.  

Area 2 Perimeter Extraction System (PES)

The PES consists of numerous wells that pump groundwater from the perimeter of Area 2 back into the wastewater treatment plant at the refinery for remedial treatment.