City staff in Vancouver and Burnaby, along with a local First Nation, have conducted their own study on what an oil spill in Burrard Inlet would look like.
This, they say, because Kinder Morgan has failed to do so.
Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer says the simulation, conducted independently, shows that if 20 per cent of oil from a fully loaded tanker were to leak into the Inlet, at least half of it would shortly wash ashore.
She says the company’s application to finish twinning its existing pipeline is much more than that.
“The twinning is actually a six-fold increase in capacity so we would go to a situation where we would have tankers almost every day that risk would exist in our inner harbour.”
Reimer says the data will be included in their submission to the National Energy Board for the ongoing hearings.
Meanwhile, the Metro Vancouver Regional District board has officially declared itself against the proposed expansion.
Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan says it’s reassuring to see different municipalities come together in opposition, while Mayor Gregor Robertson says the Canadian Coast Guard’s response to the spill in English Bay in April was unacceptable.