Vancouver Mayor, Council to oppose Kinder Morgan pipeline, tankers
Vancouver will oppose Kinder Morgan’s plan to twin its Trans Mountain pipeline to the Lower Mainland.
Saying the city has “grave concerns” about the ability of regulators and oil carriers to respond to a spill, let alone deal with a major increase of oil tanker traffic if the pipeline is twinned, Mayor Gregor Robertson said the city will apply for intervener status at National Energy Board hearings on the proposal next spring.
But even then, the mayor said, he’s not satisfied with the limitations the NEB has put on the hearings to consider only issues relating to the pipeline or downstream marine transportation. He believes it also should consider the effects of climate change related to the use of the fossil fuels carried by the pipeline.
Vancouver has little real power to stop the twinning of a pipeline or expansion of oil tanker traffic through its port, deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston told city council Wednesday.
But he said the city does have the right to appear as an intervener in the NEB hearings, which “gives us a seat at the table” and “allows the city to ask questions of the proponent that others won’t ask.”
Metro Vancouver, whose council also has concerns about the proposal, is considering applying for intervener status as well.