Kinder Morgan Concerns

In April 2012, Kinder Morgan announced that they want to build approximately 900 km of new pipeline along the Trans Mountain Pipeline route so that the company can transport heavy crude oil from the tar sands in Alberta. Kinder Morgan is one of the largest energy companies in North America, operating pipelines and facilities that transport and handle natural gas, crude oil, jet fuel, refined petroleum and more. The company intends to more than double the capacity of its Trans Mountain Pipeline, which extends approximately 1100 km between Edmonton, Alberta, and the Westridge Marine Terminal on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet. The company would also need to build pumping stations and other infrastructure along the pipeline route and expand the Westridge Terminal on the Burrard Inlet.

The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline is a risk too great to accept. The proposed pipeline would increase the amount of heavy crude travelling through British Columbia water more than seven times: from 60 tankers a year to over 400! The crude oil that the pipeline will carry is for export and will not be refined in Canada. The pipeline project is not intended to meet the energy needs of the Lower Mainland or British Columbia.

We have many concerns about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, as it would have serious and far-reaching environmental, economic, and health repercussions for people in British Columbia. Below you can find a list of questions and answers that lay out our concerns. There is just too much at stake to allow this project to proceed. It’s time to stand together against this proposal!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

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