Enbridge and Kinder Morgan Tanker and Pipeline Routes
Two pipeline mega-projects are threatening to bring more supertankers to Canada’s Pacific Coast. These giant vessels — called Very Large Crude Carriers and Aframax tankers — would transport tar sands diluted bitumen to markets in Asia and the southern U.S. Each tanker would carry up to two million barrels of oil, nearly eight times the amount spilled by the infamous Exxon Valdez in Alaska.
Between the two projects, the B.C. coast would see as many as 600-700 supertankers each year. Pacific inshore waters are fragile ecosystems and are precious — both intrinsically and in their contribution to a healthy, sustainable economy. More super tankers increases the risk of an oil spill that would change them forever.
Modified: December 18, 2013