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Kinder Morgan’s Transmountain pipeline project would greatly expand capacity by building a new pipeline that would carry more than a million barrels of tar sands crude each day from northern Alberta to Vancouver B.C. The pipeline will travel through dozens of small communities and densely populated urban areas, and will vastly increase the number of super tankers sailing through Vancouver's stunning harbour.    

Oppostion from First Nations and the municipalities of Vancouver and Buraby has increased signifcantly, because expanding this pipeline would turn Vancouver – whose stated goal is to become the "greenest city in the world" – into a major heavy oil export port. Polling indicates 50 per cent of British Columbians are opposed. The risk of inevitable spills and leaks threaten a thriving economy of service, nature-based tourism, and creative industries. Opposition to this pipeline project grows every day.

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Overview:
- Tripling capacity of 60-year-old pipeline to Vancouver, B.C.
Key Problems:
- 5X more super tankers in Vancouver harbour
- Local taxpayers on hook for 90% of spill clean up costs 
- Oil spills threaten tens of thousands of tourism, real estate, creative jobs
Current Status:
- Application process delayed because National Energy Board demanded more information from Kinder Morgan
- Decision slated for early 2016

This Texas-based oil giant's proposal would increase by five times the number of oil tankers, from 80 a year to 400, that leave Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet Terminal and navigate a narrow stretch of dangerous water before cruising right by the city's beloved beaches and world-famous Stanley Park.

Kinder Morgan wants to use Suezmax oil tankers, which are the same size as the Exxon Valdez and much bigger than the few tankers that ply Vancouver’s waters today. Each super tanker would carry up to one million barrels of heavy and toxic tar sands crude through Burrard Inlet’s Second Narrows, which poses a navigational challenge due to shallow waters and strong tidal currents.

A single spill in Burrard Inlet from either the pipeline or a supertanker would threaten Vancouver’s green reputation and ruin miles of Vancouver coastline, which is dotted with beaches and oceanfront property. It could also cripple a multitude of industries that employ over 200,000 people in nature-based tourism, film and TV, agriculture, and coastal industries.

Cleaning up a spill of this magnitude would be all but impossible. The Canadian and BC governments are wholly unprepared to deal with a major oil spill. The Harper government has shuttered the Coast Guard station in Vancouver and reduced the amount of environmental monitoring. In the end, B.C. taxpayers would be left to foot the bill, because Kinder Morgan's liability is limited to just 10 per cent of what it would cost – at least $15 billion – to clean up the mess they made.

Many of the risks associated with the Northern Gateway Pipeline apply to this project, too. Inevitable pipeline leaks threaten hundreds of salmon-bearing streams, and the roads and ancillary development that would accompany the construction of the pipeline would hurt B.C.’s internationally recognized grizzly bear population. It also unlocks the rapid expansion of the tar sands, which will lead to catasthropic climate change.

The benefits, predictably, are few. It will only create 35 new jobs and provide little revenue to provincial government coffers. That’s why opposition is growing exponentially in British Columbia. Several environmental and community groups have begun working on the issue, and local First Nations have voiced their opposition to the project. 

The expansion of this pipeline locks us into yesterday's destructive oil economy and offers almost no benefit to B.C. It must never be permitted.

Kinder Morgan Updates & Resources

Expert engineers deem TransMountain too dangerous

Mitchell Anderson | The Tyee - December 17th 2014

Press Clipping: The Concerned Professional Engineers (CPE), a group of senior local experts with decades of experience in marine transportation, naval architecture and risk mitigation, submitted a letter to the NEB regarding Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion proposal. It states that the proposed project ''presents a high risk to the environment and to structures located along these routes.'' They have not yet received a reply to their concerns.

People of Burnaby Mountain

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions - December 8th 2014

Blog Post: From August to November 2014, people from all walks of life came together with one shared purpose: to stop the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. This new portrait project was just launched to tell the stories of the diverse and brave people who stood on top of Burnaby Mountain the last few weeks and months. These are their stories. Please share yours.

Kinder Morgan shows what kind of neighbours they really are

Ben West | Forest Ethics - December 4th 2014

Blog Post: Thursday was a significant victory on Burnaby Mountain, as the B.C. Supreme Court denied Kinder Morgan an extension on their injunction and threw out charges of civil contempt against those who have been arrested to date. To understand what has happened on Burnaby Mountain over the past months it should be seen in the context of years of frustration for those of us on Canada's West Coast sick of the attempts by Enbridge and Kinder Morgan trying to push their dangerous pipelines across the mountain and rivers communities we live in.

City prepared to take fight with NEB to Supreme Court of Canada

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Jennifer Moreau | Burnaby Now - December 4th 2014

Press Clipping: Kinder Morgan may have left Burnaby Mountain, but the city is still planning to take its fight with the National Energy Board all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary. "The NEB has done something that no agency has done in the history of Canada,” Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said last week at a sold-out fundraiser for Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion. "They have said they have the constitutional authority to be able to override the abilities of municipalities to protect their own public.

Burnaby Mountain arrests show B.C. needs its own environmental review process

Spencer Chandra Herbert | Vancouver Sun - December 2nd 2014

Press Clipping: The people arrested this week on Burnaby Mountain have shown what happens when a project review disrespects local governments, local people and First Nations. Because of the scope and impact of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project, people in this province had a right to expect that the review process would be equally broad in its scope, and that their voices would be heard. But what they got instead is a process that shows that Stephen Harper’s government is not interested in hearing what British Columbians think. And so they did the only thing left to do: they protested.

Gorilla on Burnaby Mountain, meet elephant in Ottawa’s living room

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John Vaillant | The Tyee - December 2nd 2014

Press Clipping: Canada is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, with one of the highest levels of education, one of the deepest pools of immigrant wealth and talent, and an unparalleled ratio of population to natural resources. In this sense, Canada is the richest, luckiest nation on earth, per capita, by a wide margin. If ever there was an historic moment that favoured Canada and a transition to alternative, sustainable, renewable energy, that moment is now -- not in 2020, or 2050, or when the latest oil boom tanks -- but right now.

What’s happening on Burnaby Mountain should surprise no one

Carol Linnitt | DeSmog Canada - December 1st 2014

Press Clipping: The way tensions between pipeline opponents and Kinder Morgan contractors have escalated during the last week should come as a surprise to no one. The mishandling of the National Energy Board review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker proposal has created the conditions for the situation now unfolding on the mountainside. With a community on edge and unconvinced of the benefits of the pipeline, Kinder Morgan perhaps made a critical error sending survey crews to conservation areas on Burnaby Mountain with chainsaws in September.

B.C. pipeline-protest case shows how lawsuits threaten democratic voices

Byron Sheldrick and Samir Gandesha | Globe and Mail - November 26th 2014

Press Clipping: The lawsuit brought by Kinder Morgan against demonstrators peacefully protesting survey work on Burnaby Mountain represents a classic strategy of political and legal intimidation. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation -- or SLAPPs -- are lawsuits brought against group of citizens, usually alleging that the group has committed defamation, trespass, or some other civil wrong, which have the effect of curtailing political engagement over a public issue.