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NEWS: Trans Mountain pipeline to be debated by Vancouver city council, Feb. 28

Adriane Carr Photo by Stephen Hui, straight.com

Adriane Carr Photo by Stephen Hui, straight.com

The Vancouver Sun reports, “Vancouver city councillor Adriane Carr is putting forward a motion at Tuesday’s council meeting calling on the city to send a letter to Kinder Morgan requesting the company consult with them on any plans or application to the National Energy Board (NEB) to expand the (Trans Mountain) pipeline and shipments of oil through the Vancouver harbour. The motion must be passed for her request to be approved. Carr said she also wants to ensure the NEB will hold public hearings in Vancouver.”

“Carr said she opposes the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion because it will help expand production from the Alberta oilsands, which will help increase green house gas emissions responsible for global warming and climate change. She is also fearful that a large oil tanker spill will hurt Vancouver’s economy for decades.”

“Once a decision to proceed is made – expected by the end of March – the company will begin an environmental assessment and socio-economic studies, said Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Lexa Hobenshield. That process is expected to take two years to complete, she said Sunday.”

The Tyee has reported, “Trans Mountain Pipeline operates a 300,000 barrel per day pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia and Washington State. They are requesting permission from the National Energy Board to ship more tar sands bitumen to the Westbridge tanker terminal in Burrard Inlet and away from existing land-based refineries in B.C. and Washington. If approved, this would immediately expand crude capacity through Vancouver from 52,000 bpd to 79,000 bpd.”

In August 2011, the Council of Canadians marched in Burnaby against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=10151.