In response to the federal government’s recent announcement of their intention to purchase the Trans Mountain Pipeline from Kinder Morgan, Delta is seeking confirmation that the Government of Canada will be directly responsible for all costs related to a spill from the pipeline or marine terminal. View the letters issued May 30, 2018 by Mayor Jackson to Prime Minister Trudeau and Kinder Morgan Canada.
As well, at the May 14, 2018 Regular Meeting, Delta Council adopted the following resolutions regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project:
THAT the City of Delta supports British Columbia’s reference to the courts to clarify its jurisdiction to protect the coast; and
THAT the City of Delta write to the Government of Canada and Kinder Morgan to seek to confirm that the City of Delta and its taxpayers will not be required to pay any and all costs (economic losses, tax losses, clean-up, etc.) of any spill that affects our shoreline.
On December 16, 2013, Kinder Morgan filed a Facilities Application with the National Energy Board for the proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. This project involves expanding the current Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the Westridge Terminal on Burrard Inlet in Burnaby, BC. The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project includes twinning the existing pipeline to increase its capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil per day to 890,000 barrels of oil per day. The expansion will also result in a potential increase in marine traffic from 5 to 34 oil tankers per month calling upon the Westridge Terminal. The shipping lane that vessels use to reach the Westridge Terminal in Burrard Inlet at its closest point is approximately 10 kilometres from Delta’s Brunswick Point dike.
Delta has submitted a number of comments on the project, primarily related to concerns regarding spill response from a tanker spill or pipeline spill that could potentially impact Delta’s marine and estuarine areas.
Reports and Related Documents
National Energy Board - Trans Mountain Pipeline Project
For any questions on Delta's involvement, please contact:
Mike Brotherston, Manager of Climate Action & Environment