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Ammonium nitrate missing from shipment to North Vancouver

By Staff Reporter, The Province

January 6, 2010 4:17 PM

Up to two tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used primarily to make explosives, has gone missing on its way from Alberta to North Vancouver, The Province has learned.

Kinder Morgan, a pipeline and energy storing company, was transporting a huge amount of the chemical compound in one-tonne cubes, but two cubes that were expected in North Vancouver did not arrive.

It's unclear whether the ammonium nitrate was stolen, or if an accounting error was made.

Ammonium nitrate has been used in terrorist attacks and by the Taliban in Afghanistan to make explosives.

Col. Mark Lee, who heads NATO's effort to stop bombmakers in southern Afghanistan, was recently quoted in the New York Times as saying, "You can turn a bag of ammonium nitrate into a bomb in a matter of hours."

The compound was used in Timothy McVeigh's bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995 which killed 168 people, and was part of the Toronto 18's plan for a major terrorist attack in Toronto in 2006.

The amount missing from the Alberta-to-Vancouver shipment is four times that used in the Oklahama City bombing.

Please check back later for updates on this breaking story.

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2 tonnes of explosive compound could be missing from Kinder Morgan

Updated: Wed Jan. 06 2010 16:23:37

Darcy Wintonyk, ctvbc.ca

Two tonnes of an explosive chemical compound -- the type that has been used in several terrorist attacks -- disappeared from Kinder Morgan somewhere between its Alberta and B.C. operations this fall, the RCMP has confirmed.

Two cubes of ammonium nitrate, weighing one tonne each, went missing while six thousand of the cubes were being transported from a plant in Redwater, Alta. to the company's North Vancouver facility sometime before Christmas. The product's final destination was Surrey.

Ammonium nitrate, commonly used as a high-nitrogen fertilizer, is sold to mining companies as an oxidizing agent for explosives. It has also been used in several terrorist attacks, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people and injured more than 600.

A compound called ANFO -- ammonium nitrate mixed with fuel or diesel oil -- is often used in improvised explosive devices or fertilizer bombs. ANFO was used in the Toronto 18 plot as well as the Oklahoma bombing.

Kinder Morgan says it launched an internal audit and recount after they discovered the missing product. The company believes it went missing in the stretch between Alberta and North Vancouver.

The disappearance was reported to B.C. RCMP just before Christmas, spokesperson Sgt. Tim Shields said.

"So far we haven't determined that there has been any type of criminal involvement or any type of theft," he told CTV News.

Shields said the company has been cooperating fully.

"They've been using considerable resources to follow the paper trial and conduct an internal inventory audit to determine if in fact there is any product that is actually missing or if this is just a tallying or inventory error."

Shields said the RCMP is taking the incident very seriously.

"We are erring on the side of caution because of the type of product were are talking about and what it could mean."

The ammonium nitrate was shipped to North Vancouver in 250 trucks and then moved to Kinder Morgan's Surrey warehouse.

Kinder Morgan released a statement to media Wednesday afternoon saying the trucks carrying the product were contracted to a third-party company and the compound itself is owned by another company.

Kinder Morgan said it is confident they have not had any security breaches.

"Our warehouse is fenced, locked, guarded and secured with cameras," the statement said.

"As a precautionary measure, we reported the discrepancy to the appropriate authorities until the shipping and receiving documents could be reconciled. We anticipate that this review will show that the discrepancy is a paper accounting error."

Kinder Morgan is one of the largest pipeline and energy storage companies in North America, with more than 35,000 miles of oil pipelines. The company transports, stores and handles energy products including natural gas, refined petroleum, crude oil and ethanol.

With files from CTV British Columbia's Lisa Rossington


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RCMP have declared this a clerical error:


Missing ammonium nitrate not missing; Kinder Morgan calls it a clerical error, RCMP say


Edmonton / iNews880.com


The case of two missing bags of ammonium nitrate, an ingredient that can be used to make explosives, has been solved.

In fact, RCMP say the bags weren't actually missing and instead it was a clerical error made by the company that reported the problem in the first place.

Mounties say U.S. energy firm Kinder Morgan called them late this afternoon to report all 6,000 bags of ammonium nitrate shipped last fall to B.C. from Alberta have been accounted for.

The news came about a half hour after RCMP issued a statement saying two one-tonne bags of the chemical compound were unaccounted for.

Police did say initially there was no evidence to suggest any theft or criminal wrongdoing, and that it was likely an inventory error.

RCMP say they are satisfied that no product is missing and will meet with company representatives tomorrow to review the documentation and source of the discrepancy.

Ammonium nitrate is used in an overwhelming majority of homemade bombs made by the Taliban, according to a November story published in the New York Times.

On April 19, 1995 Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols used 108 bags of explosive-grade ammonium nitrate fertilizer to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people.(cp,blb)

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