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Burnaby residents complain of fumes from Kinder Morgan oil terminal

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PostedOctober 25, 2013 by in Western Canada
Burnaby residents complain of fumes from Kinder Morgan oil terminal

Some Burnaby residents are noticing intense fumes emanating from Kinder Morgan’s oil terminal

Read this Oct. 22 story from the Burnaby Now, profiling several residents of the city’s Westridge neighbourhood who have been affected by intense fumes coming from the nearby Kinder Morgan oil terminal.

Westridge residents are sounding the alarm after noticing intense fumes coming from Kinder Morgan’s nearby marine terminal on Burrard Inlet in the last couple months.

Laura Dean has lived in the North Burnaby neighbourhood for 25 years and was disturbed back in August to come across a strong nausea-inducing smell while out for a run along the Drummond bike path.

It was so strong she had to close up all her windows and doors at home. Living next to a facility that loads crude oil and petroleum products onto tanker ships, Dean is used to certain odours once in a while.

But this wasn’t the usual. “After 25 years you have some idea of what’s normal,” she said. “It’s invisible. What are we breathing when it’s not detected until it gets to that level?”

The problem is only evident when there are tankers at the terminal, lately about once a week, she noted.

That also happens to be when her dog, Lacy, a seven-year-old, border collie-labrador cross has been experiencing diarrhea, lethargy and a reluctance to go outside, issues that only started when Dean first noticed the fumes.

Dean said she and other neighbours have become less apt to complain to the pipeline company because past efforts have resulted in no response or action.

“With the expansion and all of that, now we’re thinking this is getting ridiculous. If this is what it is with only 30 tankers [annually], we don’t even want to think of what it’s going to be when it’s 300 to 400 tankers.”

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3 Comments


  1.  
    nonconfidencevote

    Ive lived on Capitol Hill for almost 30 years. No smell up here! Time to sell your house to some other sucker and move on up……….to a delux apartment.
    Besides. the housing market is tanking……..




  2.  

    get used to it big corporations rule got fed gov in there pockets .Money rules over environment
    and any thing that stands in there way . Look at all the advertising there pushing down our throats and we are paying for it .Look at Norway and other countries who tax the corps big time no deficit they pay and are still therte . Time to kick these parasites out and get real.





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