WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion-BROKE is an intervenor in the NEB (National Energy Board) hearings opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion application. We have spent the past two years preparing to represent the concerns expressed by Burnaby residents about the negative effects of shipping dilbit (bitumen diluted with hydrocarbons) from Alberta, to store on Burnaby Mountain and ship through Burrard Inlet.
WE CAN’T STOP NOW – We’re in the home stretch! We need to make our final arguments before the NEB as to why the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, oil tank storage facility on Burnaby Mountain, and super-tanker traffic through Burrard Inlet should never happen.
Our arguments are based on expert testimony we have commissioned on health and earthquake-related dangers.
We have committed to raising $10,000 to complete this final stage of the process. We are asking you to help BROKE raise these necessary legal fees.
The quick facts:
- Climate Change: The proposed TransMountain Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned — This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change. Visit 350.org for more information.
- Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health. Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in B.C.’s Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield. See the CRED report for more information.
- Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into the Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in a sixfold increase in oil tanker traffic in Vancouver Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea. One tanker accident could have catastrophic impacts on salmon, killer whales and other marine life, and causing devastating losses to the coastal economy. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil or diluted tar sands bitumen on the West Coast. Visit the Georgia Strait Alliance to learn more.
- First Nations: The Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Squamish Nation have both clearly stated their opposition to the proposal and have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Squamish Nation’s opposition is supported by the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. Visit the Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust to learn more.
Increased oil exports to China mean price-hikes for us here at home: Pipeline proponents and elected leaders tell us that access to foreign markets secures higher prices for our raw crude and this benefits Canada, but you also need to know that oil producers plan to charge those higher prices on every barrel they produce. And when they do, their refineries pass it onto us right here at home. Visit Robyn Allan’s website to learn more.
- Liability: In the case of a major tanker spill, taxpayers would likely be responsible for the burden of costs, as a company’s liability is limited to $1.3 billion and a major spill could easily cost ten times this amount. Taxpayers could be on the hook for billions. See the CRED report for more information.