Metro Vancouver politicians approach vote on controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline
Westridge Marine Terminal would be tripled in size, says Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew.
Photograph by: GLENN BAGLO , PROVINCE
Lower Mainland communities will decide this week whether to present a united front challenging Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline expansion to Burrard Inlet.
The company wants to build a second parallel pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, at the same time increasing oil tanker traffic and enlarging the Westridge Marine Terminal.
But Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew has repeatedly written the company of his community’s concerns about the proposed expansion, and Metro Vancouver politicians will vote on whether to throw their weight behind Belcarra.
“The proposed expansion of the WMT involves tripling the size of the facility’s footprint on Burrard Inlet accompanied by a significant encroachment into Burrard Inlet,” Drew and council wrote Kinder Morgan (KMC).
“The proposed increase in the size of terminal has consequences for both Burrard Inlet itself and the communities surrounding Burrard Inlet, but KMC’s proposal does not mention recompense for tripling its encroachment.
“What does KMC intend to ‘give back’ to Burrard Inlet and its neighbours surrounding the WMT?”