Trans Mountain pipeline proposal now larger than Enbridge's Northern
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - As hearings for Enbridge's
Northern Gateway pipeline move to Vancouver this week, Tsleil-Waututh
Nation is reminding citizens and their leaders that Kinder Morgan is
planning an even larger pipeline project to export bitumen through
British Columbia and the Lower Mainland.
"It's important to pay attention to the risks posed by Northern Gateway,
but we can't forget that Kinder Morgan has even larger plans for
shipping bitumen across B.C. through the Trans Mountain pipeline," says
Chief Justin George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "Both of these pipelines
present an enormous threat to the way of life of all British
Columbians. Pipelines are an issue that everyone in the province should
be thinking about during the coming election."
As of January 11, 2013, Kinder Morgan announced that they plan to
transport 890,000 barrels of oil per day through their Trans Mountain
pipeline. In comparison, Enbridge says on its website that it is
proposing to transport 525,000 barrels per day via Northern Gateway.
"Kinder Morgan continually claims that their project is merely the
twinning of an existing route, but this is a misrepresentation,"
continues George. "In fact, they are building an entirely new pipeline
along a new route, and increasing their capacity by 590,000 barrels per
"Everyone should be concerned by Kinder Morgan's safety record," says
Carleen Thomas, Councillor, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "There have been 78
spills since 1951. The largest of these spills have taken place since
Kinder Morgan took over the line in 2005. If this is what happens at
their current pipeline capacity, imagine what could happen if they get
"We're calling on all citizens to ask serious questions of their leaders
about these pipelines," continues Thomas. "And we need all community
leaders to begin working together to find creative, sustainable
solutions for transitioning away from oil dependency."
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 300,000
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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