Info session on pipeline expansion Tuesday

Rachelle Stein-Wotten

Sounder News

Monday, December 3 2012

Kinder Morgan officials will be in Nanaimo Tuesday for a public information session on the proposed expansion of their Trans Mountain pipeline.
The oil company’s proposal involves twinning the existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, which would double the amount currently traveling through the pipeline. The expanded pipeline would carry diluted bitumen, tar sands oil thinned with chemicals. Kinder Morgan also plans to increase tanker traffic from a current high of 70 tankers in 2010 to nearly 300 by 2016. Supertankers as long as the Empire State Building is tall will ship the bitumen to Asian and American markets.
Sessions held in communities along the pipeline route and the marine corridor so far have been criticized for the lack of detail provided on the project, such as not providing a community-level map of where the new pipeline would go.
The Nanaimo information session takes place at Beban Park Social Centre on Bowen Road in rooms 1, 2 and 3 between 5 and 8 p.m.