Lunch & Learn #2 - Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline
The Trans Mountain pipeline was built in 1952-1953 as a mixed use pipeline initially proposed to run from Edmonton to Vancouver. A leg to Washington State was added during construction. Federal Order-in-Council allowed the pipeline to be built through Jasper National Park.
Since the pipeline was purchased by Kinder Morgan in 2005 it has increasingly been used for shipping diluted bitumen from the Tar Sands for export by tanker from Kinder Morgan's Burnaby Terminal.
The Trans Mountain pipeline came to the fore of public attention when in February 2012 Kinder Morgan announced plans to twin the pipeline to increase capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 850,000 barrels per day. Citizen concerns range from disruption the construction may cause, to the dangers of spills, to questions of whether expansion of fossil fuel reliance is the proper course of development in the face of climate change.
That the pipeline crosses over the aquifer that is the source of Chilliwack's drinking water is a significant local concern, as is the pipeline's proximity to homes and schools. News in April 2013 that the FVRD had given permission for Kinder Morgan to survey a potential route through the Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park, and concurrent rezoning of the affected portion of the park, further stoked community concern.
For WaterWealth's second Lunch and Learn event, Ben West of Forest Ethics and Rueben George, Sundance Chief and member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation spoke on the Trans Mountain pipeline and alternatives.
(Note: The date reported under the title in the video above is incorrect due to the video being imported into a pre-existing Livestream story board. This event took place on Wednesday 17 April 2013)
A thorough history of the pipeline is also available at http://bcwaters.org (PDF)