Vancouver: Kinder Morgan’s pipeline is bad dealStaff writer ▼ | April 22, 2016
City of Vancouver submitted letter of comment to Environment and Climate Change Canada on Kinder Morgan proposal.
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"Environment and Climate Change Canada must consider both upstream and downstream climate impacts of Trans Mountain’s expansion to fully assess the significant safety, environmental and public health hazards the project carries.
"Vancouver will continue to advocate against Kinder Morgan’s expansion proposal, and champion clean, 100% renewable energy infrastructure."
Currently, ECCC is only planning to consider ‘upstream’ GHGs (from drilling and exploration in the Alberta Oil Sands) in their climate assessment of oil and gas pipelines.
The City concludes that excluding downstream GHGs in assessing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will have major ramifications for climate change on top of the significant risk of an oil spill and doesn’t reveal the pipeline’s true and significant environmental costs.
The Burrard Inlet and Fraser River estuary are some of the world’s most important ecosystems and are among the defining factors identified in a study that valued Vancouver’s brand at $31 billion due to our reputation as a “green, clean and sustainable” city; an oil spill in local waters would disproportionally and negatively affect our brand value versus comparable cities and could cost the City $3 billion - requiring significant investment to rebuild.
The City is encouraged by the federal government’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions and applauds the addition of climate methodology to assess oil and gas pipelines against this commitment.
The City of Vancouver has pledged to be the greenest in the world by 2020, and 100% renewable by 2050 or sooner, and supports infrastructure investments that work toward these goals. ■