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Mayor Robertson Tells Federal Panel Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion is ‘Not worth the Risk’

August 18 2016 National Energy Board review of Kinder Morgan expansion proposal was flawed and excluded significant evidence that an oil spill would have catastrophic impact

"I’m confident that the Ministerial Panel will see that, on balance, there is no case for this pipeline and the federal government should turn down Kinder Morgan’s application,” says Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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Photograph by Tourism Vancouver (Albert Normandin)

On August 16, 2016 Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Manager Sadhu Johnston presented to the federally appointed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) Ministerial Panel to advocate against Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion, arguing it’s not in Vancouver - or Canada’s - economic or environmental interest.

Mayor points to community opposition

“The National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline application was flawed and biased, and totally ignored the overwhelming evidence that major oil spill from a 600% increase in tanker traffic would be catastrophic for Vancouver’s environment and economy,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“There is clear and present opposition to Kinder Morgan’s risky proposal from local residents, First Nations, and municipalities. I’m confident that the Ministerial Panel will see that, on balance, there is no case for this pipeline and the federal government should turn down Kinder Morgan’s application.”

Key arguments from the Mayor and City Manager

The Mayor and Sadhu Johnston presented the City’s argument against approving Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal. Key arguments include:

  • There is no social license to approve this pipeline. 
    The National Energy Board's process for reviewing Kinder Morgan’s pipeline was flawed and biased, shutting out both community voices and scientific evidence on both the consequences of a major oil spill on our coast and the impact of climate pollution.

  • There is no economic case for Kinder Morgan’s expanded pipeline capacity.
    Lower oil prices and the falling demand for unconventional oil means that production levels for oil sands bitumen will peak in the near future and then decline over time.  Read more

  • The risk of an oil spill is too high.
    The risk of an oil spill due to a 600% increase in tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet from an expanded pipeline is simply too high, and would have a devastating impact on our coastal economy, marine wildlife, and green brand valued at $31 billion.

  • This pipeline will have massive impact on climate change and undermine Canada’s ability to meet our COP21 global climate commitments.
    ‘Downstream’ climate pollution from processing, refining, transporting and consuming oil from an expanded Kinder Morgan pipeline will be ten times higher (over 71 million tonnes/year) than those from upstream extraction (drilling and exploration - 7.7 million), and this was completely ignored by the National Energy Board.

Read the full argument

What you can do

We are firm in our resolve that an expanded Kinder Morgan pipeline’s safety, environmental, and public health risks far outweigh any economic benefit, and it is not in the public interest. 

We encourage those opposed to Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion to visit notworththerisk.vancouver.ca to advocate to their local Member of Parliament against the project.