Major Risks of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tankers Proposal

  1. Climate Change: The proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase tar sands export capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned — This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change. Visit the Georgia Strait Alliance website for details.
  2. Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health.  Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in the Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield.  See the CRED report for more information.
  3. Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into the Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in a sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic in Vancouver Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea which already harms sensitive marine wildlife. One tanker accident could have catastrophic impacts on salmon, killer whales and other marine life, and cause devastating losses to the coastal economy.  We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil or diluted tar sands bitumen on the West Coast.  Visit the Georgia Strait Alliance to learn more.
  4. First Nations: Seventeen First Nations in BC are firmly opposed to the project, including the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations in the Lower Mainland. The latter two have launched lawsuits to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult them, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project. Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory. Read the Assessment of Transmountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal by Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  5. Increased oil exports to China mean price-hikes for us here at home: Pipeline proponents and elected leaders tell us that access to foreign markets secures higher prices for our raw crude and this benefits Canada, but you also need to know that oil producers plan to charge those higher prices on every barrel they produce. And when they do, those refineries pass those costs along to us here at home. Visit Robyn Allan’s website to learn more.
  6.  Liability:  In the case of a major tanker spill, taxpayers would likely be responsible for the burden of costs, as a company’s liability is limited to $1.3 billion and a major spill could easily cost ten times this amount. Taxpayers could be on the hook for billions. See the CRED report for more information.



For More Information:

BROKE-Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion

City of Burnaby

City of Vancouver

North Shore NOPE

Pipe Up Network

Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative

Wilderness Committee

Georgia Strait Alliance

CRED (Conversations for Responsible Development)


Living Oceans Society

Raincoast Conservation Foundation