The President of Kinder Morgan Canada is facing heat in the wake of the Nathan E. Stewart tug boat diesel spill near Bella Bella, as critics claim the inadequate spill response is another reason why the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal shouldn’t be approved.
Speaking to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade this morning, President of Kinder Morgan Canada, Ian Anderson, says B.C. needs a geographic-based approach to spill response to get more resources in more places to react more quickly.
“When we look at the south coast and when we look at the movement of ships in and out of port Vancouver, we’ve got a pretty good sense now, based on the work we’ve done, where bases should be located,” he told the crowd.
“When we look at the south coast and when we look at the movement of ships in and out of port Vancouver, we’ve got a pretty good sense now, based on the work we’ve done, where bases should be located,” he added.
Anderson says the proponent will invest $150 million in marine spill response.
“Path to yes”
He also says the “path to yes” was far more cumbersome than he expected as he “underestimated” the politics of it all.
On his municipal opponents, Anderson says he hasn’t met with Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan since 2011, and it’s been a couple of years since he’s met with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
Anderson says he and Robertson disagree on how long we will remain dependent on fossil fuels, suggesting the Mayor’s campaign against the project isn’t based on facts.
“It’s a project in his mind that is a ticking time bomb of catastrophic consequence that isn’t in touch with I believe the reality of the design. You know Vancouver harbour isn’t bumper boats in action, they are highly regulated, highly sophisticated systems of safety being deployed,” he said.
He says Robertson thinks the transition to renewables will take 10-20 years while he thinks it’s more like four to five decades.
The federal cabinet is expected to make a final decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the end of the year, after the National Energy Board gave the project conditional approval in May.