June 05, 2015 - 5:00 AM
BURNABY, B.C. - Kinder Morgan is pledging to safeguard against any possibility of oil spills caused by its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Senior director of marine development Michael Davies says Western Canada Marine Response Corp., the agency responsible for spill cleanup, will invest $100-million in new equipment.
Davies says the agency — which is 50 per cent owned by Kinder Morgan — will acquire five new bases along the pipeline route and add 100 new jobs if the National Energy Board approves the expansion.
Kinder Morgan hopes to triple the bitumen-carrying capacity of its existing Trans Mountain line by laying almost 1,000 kilometres of new pipe between Edmonton and Burnaby.
The City of Vancouver and a North Vancouver First Nation submitted critical expert evidence to the energy board last week that concluded the project would significantly raise the risk of spills.
The energy-shipping giant hosted a media tour today of its marine and storage terminals in Burnaby, B.C., amid mounting public opposition of the $5.4 billion project.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2015