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Enbridge tankers and pipelines: Pledge for “Made In B.C.” decision welcomed by pipeline and tanker critics

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

VANCOUVER — Critics of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker proposal welcomed today’s announcement by B.C.’s Official Opposition that there must be a “made in B.C.” decision on this project.

The provincial Opposition said today that B.C. should go its own way in reviewing the Enbridge proposal and committed to crafting a tailored assessment process, rather than using the standard B.C. Environmental Assessment Act approach.

New poll shows pipeline and tanker concerns rank higher than health care for most British Columbians

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

VANCOUVER, B.C. ─ In a poll released today by Living Oceans Society, B.C. residents living along the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline route ranked pipeline and tanker issues virtually neck-and-neck with the economy as the most important issue facing the province today and more important than health care, which took the number three spot.

Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal leaves taxpayers liable for 90 percent of marine-based spill response cost

Thursday, January 24, 2013

VANCOUVER, B.C. ─ A report released today by four environmental groups warns that Kinder Morgan’s new Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal represents an exponential increase in the risk of a major marine-based oil spill affecting the Salish Sea’s most populous region, including the Cities of Vancouver and Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. The report analyses the insurance available to pay for spill response costs and damages caused by such a spill and concludes that Canadian taxpayers could be on the hook for as much as 90 percent of the cost.

Dilbit dithering continues at Enbridge Joint Review Panel hearing

Friday, February 8, 2013

VANCOUVER, B.C. ─ Diluted bitumen won’t exactly sink most of the time but it won’t exactly float all of the time, either, according to new evidence filed with the Joint Review Panel hearing the Enbridge Northern Gateway application in Prince Rupert. In cross-examination by Ecojustice counsel Karen Campbell today, Enbridge consultants admitted that tank test evidence filed this week found dilbit did submerge beneath the surface of the water, although none was found to have sunk to the bottom of the tank.

Financial Report for Kinder Morgan (French)
Financial Report for Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan's TransMountain Expansion Proposal

In 2005, Kinder Morgan bought the TransMountain Pipeline which runs from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia. They announced plans in 2011 to expand their capacity by building a parallel line. In 2012, they announced a further capacity expansion to a new total of 890,000 barrels of oil per day.

The original pipeline was built in 1953 without the benefit of public or environmental scrutiny and there was no public review when, in about 2006, it began shipping diluted bitumen (dilbit) as well as other crude and refined oils in the pipeline.

Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project proposes two pipelines running between Alberta’s tar sands and a marine terminal in Kitimat, B.C. From the terminal, 220-320 supertankers would transport oil to Asia and the southern U.S. each year. Other tankers would import condensate, the highly flammable, explosive and toxic substance used to dilute bitumen so that it can be transported by pipeline.