New infrastructure at Westridge Terminal, Burnaby tank farm pose grave
risk to Burrard Inlet
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, May 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Tsleil-Waututh Nation is
disturbed by details revealed in Kinder Morgan's Project Description
filed last week with the National Energy Board. The document outlines
further details for the new Trans Mountain pipeline. Of particular
concern to the Nation is the tripling of oil storage tank capacity in
Burnaby and the significant expansion of the Westridge Marine terminal.
"Kinder Morgan's plans should concern us all," says Chief Maureen
Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "They are proposing a huge increase in
infrastructure that will run right through the heart of countless
neighbourhoods and territories. Not only do we need to be worried about
the impact of a natural disaster or a pipeline failure, but daily
operations also leak so-called 'acceptable' amounts of oil into the
environment. All of our communities will be exposed to dangerous
Kinder Morgan's plans call for the existing 13 oil storage tanks in
north Burnaby to be doubled to 26 and their capacity tripled to 890,432
cubic metres of oil. The Nation has grave concerns about such a
significant amount of oil being stored in close proximity to Burrard
Inlet. In 2012, Kinder Morgan spilled approximately 90,000 litres of
crude oil at its Sumas tank farm. The company was criticized by the NEB
for late detection of the leak and not following procedures. Operators
ignored warning alarms for three-and-a-half hours before responding.
The project also calls for a replacement of the docks at the Westridge
Marine Terminal in order to accommodate three tanker berths. The
company may need to dredge the Inlet in order to conduct this work.
Dredging could have a serious impact on the health of the Inlet as it
stirs up toxins that have settled in the sediment.
"When our people paddle on the water, we see the impact of 'everyday
operations' on the health of the Inlet. We see the sheen on the water
and on the shore. We can no longer eat the shellfish from our beaches,"
says Gabriel George, Project Manager, Sacred Trust Initiative,
Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "Our Nation has a sacred trust, a responsibility
to care for our lands and waters. We must protect what we have left and
work together to restore what we have lost. We cannot support Kinder
Morgan's new pipeline."
Pipeline projects face strong opposition from First Nations in BC. More
than 160 Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law ban on tar sands pipelines through First Nations
traditional territories. It also bans tar sands oil tankers in the
ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon on the north and south
coasts of British Columbia.
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. 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. 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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