The Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion will increase oil tanker traffic from around 60 tankers per year to more than 400. So instead of a massive oil tanker coming through Vancouver’s waterfront and the Burrard Inlet on average every couple of weeks, we will now see on average one a day.
Experts have always said that when it comes to oil tankers, spills are not a question of if, but when. We have been relatively lucky so far that the only major spill from the existing Trans Mountain pipeline happened on land. And no matter how prepared we could be for a spill in our Inner Harbor here in Vancouver (which history has shown not to be the case), the problem is likely not containable within our own borders.
Flasback to 2014:
VANCOUVER – Speaking in Ottawa on Tuesday, Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau said if he wins the honour of serving as Prime Minister, “the Northern Gateway Pipeline will not happen.”
“I am disappointed with the decision of the Harper government,” said Trudeau. “The Northern Gateway Pipeline threatens not only the British Columbia coastal economy but the jobs of thousands of people who live on the ocean.”
So much for this environmentalist campaigner sticking to his platform.