Friday, November 9, 2012

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion, Public Meetings in Vancouver

Kinder Morgan, a US based energy giant, is  proposing to twin their Transmountain pipeline doubling the amount of oil shipped from Edmonton with the Port of Vancouver and will be holding public town hall style meetings on the proposal over the next couple of weeks around Southern BC. Communities along the pipeline's route have voice serious concerns about the potential impacts and limited benefits of the expansion to local economies and ecosystems, prompting calls for the company to abandon the proposed twinning. Chief among the concerns are the possibility of a pipeline rupture or spill along the pipeline route, which parallels much of the Fraser River watershed, and a doubling of oil tanker traffic out of the port of Vancouver, increasing the likelihood that a catastrophic spill could occur in the Georgia Strait. While the company and the Canadian federal government have so far been dismissive of concerns over oil spills, the fact is spills have already occurred along the route, including one last year at the company's Sumas terminal, and local communities will bear the brunt of the impacts in the event of a spill. 

Town hall style meetings will be held in a number of venues throughout Vancouver and on Vancouver Island over the next couple weeks, here's the schedule:

7 Nov. - West Vancouver Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., 4 – 7 pm
10 Nov. - Bowen Island, Bowen Island Community School 1041 Mt Gardner Rd., 2:30 – 4:30 pm
13 Nov. - East Vancouver Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Hastings Room 2901 East Hastings Street, 5 – 8 pm
15 Nov. - Downtown Vancouver Harbour Centre, Segal Hall 515 West Hastings Street, 5 – 8 pm
17 Nov. - West Point Grey Aberthau Mansion, 4397 West 2nd Ave., 5 – 8 pm
03 Dec - Victoria - Location, Date & Time to be confirmed
03 Dec - Saanich - Location, Date & Time to be confirmed
03 Dec - Nanaimo - Location, Date & Time to be confirmed 

More information from the Georgia Strait Alliance:

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