How would Orcas be impacted by the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline? Marine Mammals, including orca, are at risk in the event of an oil spill: Southern resident killer whales in British Columbia are considered endangered species, while northern whales are considered threatened but recovery plans in place are weak. Many marine mammals, including orca reside in or visit Burrard Inlet.
What is Kinder Morgan’s record of spills? Since the 1960s, the longest period of time the Trans Mountain Pipeline has gone without a spill is approximately four years. Most of these spills have been of crude oil. Crude oil spills have dire and long-lasting impacts on the environment and are incredibly difficult to clean.
What would the economic cost of an oil spill be? A 2012 study on the potential economic impact of a tanker spill on ocean-based industries in British Columbia, conducted by the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia estimates that a medium-sized spill on British Columbia's north coast would cost the regional economy up to $189 million.
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