What would the economic cost of an oil spill be?



This page builds on information from a Tsleil-Waututh Nation report that assesses the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project. You can read and download the full report here.


It is estimated that cleanup costs for a medium-large oil spill could be between $2.4 billion and $9.4 billion dollars.

Cleanup costs for an oil spill could be between $2.4 billion and $9.4 billion dollars.


Costs of cleaning oily waste would likely fall to residents and the BC government.

  • According to CRED, it is unclear whether Kinder Morgan would have to come up with clean up costs for land-based spills at all.
    • The City of Vancouver has proposed a bylaw that would force Kinder Morgan to cover the entire costs of a large-scale oil spill. However, the law has not yet been approved.
    • UBC’s Neighbourhoods Association has requested proof of insurance against spill damage, but this hasn’t been received. (CredBC)

The economic cost of a sizeable oil spill is far too great, and is a risk we simply cannot take.

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