Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Proposal in BC Poses Increased Risk of Oil Spill to Puget Sound

The BC and Canadian Federal governments are currently considering a proposal by Kinder Morgan, a Canadian pipeline company, that would triple the capacity of their existing pipeline in British Columbia's Lower Mainland. The pipeline which runs from Edmonton to Vancouver delivers most of the oil that is currently shipped from Vancouver to foreign markets. However, the pipeline has not been without incident even in its current form, and earlier this winter a spill dumped more than 100,000 liters of crude oil at Kinder Morgan's Sumas terminal. If the pipeline proposal moves forward oil tanker traffic in and out of Vancouver area ports is expected to increase. Many of these tankers travel south from Vancouver and out the Strait of Juan de Fuca, threatening Puget Sound with the increased risk of an oil spill. 

The timing of proposal comes just as the Canadian Federal government has dramatically scaled back environmental review.

More at the CBC's website:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/04/17/bc-kinder-morgan-pipeline.html

and from the Common Sense Canadian:

http://www.thecanadian.org/item/1438-kinder-morgan-pipeline-tanker-expansion-vancouver-media-rafe-mair

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