The proposed expansion of a major oil pipeline running from Alberta through British Columbia is getting a big thumbs down from administrative staff with the City of Vancouver.
Deputy Manager Sadhu Johnston has delivered a report telling Mayor Gregor Robertson and the rest of City Council the 15-thousand page application by Kinder Morgan to the National Energy Board has ‘major gaps.’
The key concern is the ‘catastrophic’ impact a major spill would have on Burrard Inlet, considering tanker traffic will increase seven-fold and the daily capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline will triple.
He says there’s been no detailed examination of how fires or explosions would harm Metro Vancouver residents, as well as the possible impact of an earthquake.
Johnston adds public consultation has been minimal and the timeline has been ‘unreasonable.’
He’s submitted 400 questions to Kinder Morgan.
Last week, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan raised similar concerns and confirmed his staff have submitted 500 questions.