A marine development director for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline was in the city Tuesday night, discussing the organization's pipeline plans with the Regional District of Nanaimo board.
The presentation addressed a proposed expansion to the 1,150-kilometre Trans Mountain Pipeline, which would twin the pipeline and nearly triple the capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 if approved.
Tanker traffic from the pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to the Lower Mainland, would also increase by about 30 tanker calls in B.C. per month.
Michael Davies, director of marine development for Kinder Morgan, made a request to meet with the RDN in July.
Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Lisa Clement said the delegation was part of an outreach plan to the RDN and one in a series of meetings with councils along the pipeline route and marine corridor. Feedback will be incorporated into a facilities application being filed with the National Energy Board at the end of 2013.
Davies presented general information about the proposed pipeline expansion, and RDN board chairman Joe Stanhope said there were many questions, most about increased tanker traffic in the marine corridor.
While the NEB application has yet to be filed, groups in Nanaimo have openly opposed the pipeline expansion, saying a tanker spill would cost millions and devastate the coast.
According to the Government of Canada, the last major oil spill on the West Coast was in 2006, when the Queen of the North ferry sank with 240 tonnes of oil on board.
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