Regina city council has given its approval for a large oil tank to be built in the city, despite concerns raised by one environmental activist.

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. plans to tear down a 50,000-barrel oil tank on the northeast side of the city at 439 9th Avenue North, replacing it with a 190,000-barrel  tank.

That would be enough oil to fill nine Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Michael Fougere, Regina's mayor, said the new tank will be an improvement.

"There is new and better technology for storage," Fougere said. "We have 50 to 60 year technology being replaced by 2014 technology."

The old oil tank will be decommissioned in June with the new one expected to be constructed by the fall.

Enbridge says the project has undergone extensive analysis and has received approval from the National Energy Board.
The new tank wouldn't be Regina's biggest — there's a 250,000-barrel tank on the Co-op refinery site.

Environmentalist Jim Elliott says he's concerned that schools, trustees, and community associations weren't properly informed about the "hazardous material storage" project.

In a letter provided to City Council, Elliott said the nearest homes are less than 400 metres away.

He said he is also worried about the need to protect the aquifer that's located roughly below the site.

City administrators recommended council members approve the project.