NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Tsleil-Waututh Nation is
calling attention to the risks associated with pipelines after an oil
spill shut down Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline yesterday. The
12-barrel spill occurred near Merritt, B.C., while Kinder Morgan was
performing maintenance on the line.
"This incident demonstrates that with pipelines, spills are inevitable,"
says Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "Kinder Morgan may
call this a 'small' spill, but 12 barrels spilled in any one location
is not insignificant. If that amount spilled in our community, it would
have a tremendous impact on the health of our people and the local
"This spill should be a wake up call for all of us," says Gabriel
George, Project Manager, Culture & Language, Sacred Trust Initiative,
Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "Kinder Morgan says that there has been no
impact to any water course and no threat to the public, but what about
the next spill? They are proving that they can't eliminate the threat
posed by their pipeline."
Tsleil-Waututh Nation 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 pipeline
terminates in Tsleil-Waututh territory. The Nation has experienced the
results of crude oil handling and refining on Burrard Inlet for a
number of decades.
About Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a progressive and vibrant Coast Salish
community of approximately 500 members. The Nation is located along the
shores of Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, across the
Inlet from the Burnaby terminus of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain
The Nation's Sacred Trust Initiative is mandated to oppose and stop the
Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project. Follow the
Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative on Twitter: @TWNSacredTrust
For more information please visit www.twnation.ca.
SOURCE: Tsleil-Waututh Nation
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