Kinder Morgan pipeline application filled with gaps, flawed spill scenarios, says staff report

May 13, 2014 | Jobs and the Economy

A presentation by Vancouver City staff to City Council this morning shows a number of gaps and flaws in Kinder Morgan’s risk modelling, which downplay or ignore the risk to Vancouver’s economy and environment.

The public update, presented by Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston, provided new information on Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion proposal, based on an analysis by City staff. Gaps highlighted in the update included:

  • Kinder Morgan’s “worst case” spill scenario assumes calm, warm water; long daylight hours, and the availability of all responders;
  • The assessment of an accident in English Bay only considers collisions between an anchored tanker with Fraser River traffic;
  • There are no plans or impact assessments provided for spills, fires, or explosions impacting the City of Vancouver

“Today’s report exposes alarming flaws and gaps both in Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion and the National Energy Board’s process to evaluate it,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This new information reinforces why a seven-fold expansion of oil tanker traffic through Vancouver’s local waters is not in Vancouver’s interest and poses an enormous threat to our economy and environment.”

A motion from the Mayor regarding support for open and inclusive National Energy Board hearings will be discussed by Council at tomorrow’s meeting.

Click here for the full staff presentation:

Click here for the City of Vancouver’s full list of questions to the applicant (TransMountain):