Nation responds to Kinder Morgan's increased capacity announcement
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Tsleil-Waututh Nation is
dismayed at Kinder Morgan's announcement today that it is increasing
the capacity of its proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline project from
750,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.
"We are disappointed by Kinder Morgan's announcement today, but not
surprised," says Chief Justin George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "This
shows that there is no limit to what Kinder Morgan will push for. They
are taking full advantage of Prime Minister Harper's omnibus budget
bills, C38 and C45.
"Once this infrastructure is put in place, where will it end?" continues
George. "How many more tankers will this mean for Burrard Inlet? Will
Kinder Morgan push the Port to dredge under the Second Narrows to allow
for supertankers? Will they push for more than one million barrels per
day? Two million? Citizens need to ask some serious questions of their
leaders before this pipeline is approved."
"In their announcement today, Kinder Morgan said that Trans Mountain has
an existing footprint, established relationships, and a superb safety
record. We dispute all of those claims," says Carleen Thomas, elected
councilor, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "This is a brand new pipeline
following a new route; the existing pipeline was built without First
Nations consent; and there have been 78 spills since 1951. The largest
of these spills have taken place since Kinder Morgan took over the line
"We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and we must
protect it," continues Thomas. "We encourage everyone to raise their
voices in opposition to this pipeline. The risk is too great to accept.
We will be idle no more."
Tsleil-Waututh is adamantly opposed to Kinder Morgan's proposal to build
a new pipeline to bring crude oil/bitumen to foreign markets through
Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea. The proposal would see the transport
of crude oil expanded from its present level of approximately 350,000
barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day. The Nation has experienced
the results of crude oil handling and refining on Burrard Inlet for a
number of decades. The Nation is expecting government-to-government
consultation on this project.
About Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a progressive and vibrant Coast Salish
community of approximately 500 members located along the shores of
Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. For more information
please visit www.twnation.ca.
SOURCE: Tsleil-Waututh Nation
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