New Pipelines

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July 26, 2016 by vancouvereastgreens

Two tar sands pipelines have been proposed across BC – Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. Each of these would transport diluted bitumen. We are against these pipelines because:

  • Increasing pipeline infrastructure will only delay the move to renewable energy
  • The two pipelines would cause the emissions equivalent of over 50 million new cars on Canada’s roads – about 15 times the number of registered cars in British Columbia
  • The extra tanker traffic needed (about 600 tankers annually) virtually guarantees a spill.
  • Diluted bitumen sinks in sea water, making it impossible to clean up a spill with current technology
  • The risk to BC far exceeds any proposed additional economic benefit. Investing in renewable energy provides a much greater economic benefit.


The Northern Gateway pipeline proposal has encountered legal snags and the reduction in the price of oil has reduced its economic attractiveness to Enbridge. Our focus now turns to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

In December 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will decide whether to approve or reject the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. Before he does, his Ministerial panel will listen to people across Canada and determine if the pipeline is in Canada’s “national interest”.

During Car Free Day on June 19, the Green Party helped voters send Mr. Trudeau 395 pipeline postcards from the Commercial Drive location alone. We’re hoping he gets the message. We must remain vigilant and continue our resistance to save the green economy that relies on the West Coast environment.

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