Richmond residents have renewed their call for a pipeline to deliver fuel to Vancouver airport, in the wake of the spill that dumped 35,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek in B.C.'s Slocan Valley.
"When I heard and saw the spill on TV my heart just sank," says Carol Day, chair of Vapor BC, a group calling for a safe route to transport aviation fuel to Vancouver airport from the Cherry Point refinery in Washington.
Currently, some 40 trucks run along Richmond streets everyday delivering fuel.
"The last thing I want to do is be near one of those if it should hit something, because jet fuel is volatile and it can explode," said Day.
"It's not a matter if there's going to be a spill, it's a matter of when," she added.
Day's group says a pipeline linked to the Cherry Point Marine Terminal is the safest way to keep fuel trucks off the city's roads.
"When it comes to tanker trucks, they're not near as safe as pipelines are, so that's why Vapor has strongly supported either upgrading the current pipeline to the Burnaby [Chevron] refinery or running a new pipeline to the Cherry Point refinery in Washington State," she said.
The Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation is studying options to expand fuel delivery to the airport.
A decision on the pipeline ultimately rests with the provincial government.