Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia said during a public meeting on Monday that the risk of an oil spill on the British Columbia coastline from a proposed pipeline expansion should be a national concern.
Kinder Morgan has proposed to expand its Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby. The $6.8 billion expansion would bring capacity to 890,000 barrels a day and significantly increase tanker traffic on the coast.
Helps said at the meeting that tourists from around the world come to see West Canada’s coastline. An increase in tanker traffic as well as a potential oil spill along the coastline could seriously affect tourism in the area.
The expansion project has received conditional approval by the National Energy Board.
The federal government is expected to make a final decision on the expansion by the end of this year, and Kinder Morgan has proposed the expansions’ operations start date for December of 2019.