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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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- 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

‘I do not consent’

Karen Mahon - November 26th 2014

Blog Post: I have decided that tomorrow I will cross a police line on Burnaby Mountain, unceded Coast Salish territory, and risk arrest. I am doing this to protest climate change and specifically the building of the Kinder Morgan pipeline that will move bitumen extracted from the tar sands to our beautiful West Coast. I feel that by taking this action that I am writing my name in the book of history under the column "I do not consent."

‘Kinder Morgan is breaking the law,’ economist alleges

Geoff Dembicki | The Tyee - November 25th 2014

Press Clipping: The owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline is distancing itself from responsibility for a potential disaster and is breaking the law by restructuring without a green light from the National Energy Board, claims economist Robyn Allan. This weekend, as dozens of Trans Mountain protesters were arrested, Allan filed a motion to the NEB demanding all work on the pipeline cease. "Kinder Morgan is breaking the law," she alleged. "They were supposed to file an application and they haven't done it."

Two pre-teens cross picket line to protest Kinder Morgan pipeline

Frank Luba, Tiffany Crawford and Mike Hager | Canadian Press and Vancouver Sun - November 25th 2014

Press Clipping: Two 11-year-old girls were among the protesters who crossed a police line Sunday to protest pipeline surveying on Burnaby Mountain. While seven people were arrested Sunday for defying the injunction protecting Kinder Morgan workers drilling test holes, preteens Kate Fink-Jensen and Naomi Cech, and Fink-Jensen’s mother Kim, were not arrested, police said.

Pipeline protesters get civil disobedience training on Burnaby Mountain

Mike Hager | Vancouver Sun - November 25th 2014

Press Clipping: After at least 60 people have been arrested for violating an RCMP-enforced injunction on Burnaby Mountain, climate change activists had a civil disobedience course there this morning to help "participants make informed choices about whether they want to be arrested.” Environmental advocacy organization the Dogwood Initiative held a 10:30 a.m. news conference at the foot of Centennial Drive, before a group of experienced activists trained people who wanted to violate the injunction in civil disobedience.

David Suzuki writes letter to grandson arrested at Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain

Jenny Uechi | Vancouver Observer - November 22nd 2014

Press Clipping: Environmental leader David Suzuki wrote a letter praising his grandson Tamo Campos, a co-founder of environmental and human rights group Beyond Boarding, after his arrest on Burnaby Mountain protesting Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion work on Thursday. "Tamo Campos is my grandson and I am very proud of him," Suzuki wrote. "He is doing what I would have done myself were it not a risk to my position as host of The Nature of Things on CBC."

SFU scientist worries she’ll lose home, over Kinder Morgan lawsuit (VIDEO)


Mychaylo Prystupa | Vancouver Observer - November 17th 2014

Press Clipping: SFU professor Lynne Quarmby and other Burnaby residents continue to push back against Kinder Morgan’s plans to expand its TransMountain pipeline. A B.C. Supreme Court ruling has forbidden protestors from interfering with the company's pipeline survey work in a local park. The order takes effect Monday at 4 p.m., after which RCMP are expected to arrest and charge those disobeying the court's wishes.

Dogwood Initiative disappointed by injunction against Kinder Morgan demonstrators

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - November 16th 2014

Blog Post: Dogwood Initiative, British Columbia’s largest non-partisan citizen group, today reacted to the B.C. Supreme Court decision to grant an injunction to Kinder Morgan to continue survey work on Burnaby Mountain. “This ruling grapples with an unresolved question that is central to all of our work,” said Will Horter, Dogwood’s Executive Director. “What’s more important? The financial interests of a $100-billion Texas pipeline company, or the rights of the people who live in the way?”

How to lose friends and alienate people: Lessons from Kinder Morgan

Keith Baldrey | Burnaby Now - November 11th 2014

Press Clipping: For the past several years, the energy giant Kinder Morgan has benefited from the simple fact that it wasn't Enbridge, another big energy company wanting to do what KM wants to do: build a pipeline to carry bitumen from Alberta. But as Enbridge fades into the background, the focus has shifted to Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline into the shores of Burrard Inlet. And now it is Kinder Morgan that has taken on the role of villain in the eyes of many, and it can be argued it is outdoing Enbridge when it comes to alienating the public.