City of Vancouver rejects plan to expand pipeline


You know the controversy over proposals for the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Gateway Pipeline but Kinder Morgan's B.C. pipeline is already pulsing with Alberta crude where it is shipped from Vancouver's Burrard Inlet. Now, the company wants to twin that pipeline and ship out more oil and Vancouver's Green city council is seeing red.

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City of Vancouver rejects plan to expand pipeline - City Councilor

Mary Forstbauer's farm in Chilliwack, B.C. produces organic fruits, vegetables, eggs and beef. She and other farmers in her area worry about what a plan to expand an oil pipeline will do to their lands.

The Kinder Morgan proposal is less well known than the Northern Gateway or the Keystone pipeline proposals. But it's a major project. The 5 billion dollar plan would twin a pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. Capacity would increase from 300,000 to 850,000 barrels a day.

And to take all that oil to world markets, as many as five times as many tankers would be required -- one tanker a day could sail into the Burrard Inlet. Last week, Vancouver City Council called it a "radical proposal".

Adriane Carr is Vancouver's first Green Party City Councilor - she voted to oppose the Kinder Morgan plan. She was in Vancouver.

City of Vancouver rejects plan to expand pipeline - Vancouver Columnist

Ian Anderson is the President of Kinder Morgan Canada. Last month, he was a guest on the CBC Radio call-in program B.C. Almanac, and he spoke with host Mark Forsythe and callers about his company's expansion plans. We aired a clip.

Jon Ferry has some sympathy for that argument. He's the Metro columnist with The Vancouver Province. He was at home in North Vancouver.

This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino and Liz Hoath.

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