Kinder Morgan is going ahead with plans for a controversial $5 billion project that would facilitate the transportation of crude oil from the Alberta oil sands to British Columbia.
As reported in the Journal of Commerce, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is pushing forward with its plan to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline that carries crude west from the oil sands for export from Vancouver.
The $5 billion proposal would see capacity along the pipeline more than doubled, from 300,000 to 850,000 barrels per day. The pipeline itself would be twinned wherever possible, while storage tanks would be added at existing pump stations and new pump stations would be added. The Westridge Marine Terminal would also be expanded.
The project was approved by the National Energy Board (NEB) in December of last year, a decision that caused eight B.C. mayors to write the board asking that future expansions be subject to a public consultation process. Those mayors had expected more public consultation in some of the communities that would be impacted by the expansion, in particular those along the coast.
Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada, said the calls for more consultation will be heeded....