Preventing a major oil tanker spill : Canada Port Metro Vancouver ; Oil spill safety not our job
There are 2 comments on the Tri-City News story from Nov 18, 2010, titled Preventing a major oil tanker spill : Canada Port Metro Vancouver ; Oil spill safety not our job . In it, Tri-City News reports that:
We are all together in spill tragedy Preventing a major oil tanker spill will be the responsibility of Port Metro Vancouver and senior governments a ...
By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News Published: November 17, 2010 11:00 AM Updated: November 17, 2010 11:37 AM
pict An oil tanker passing below the Second Narrows railway bridge. Contributed Tri-City / Maple Ridge
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#1 Nov 18, 2010
Tankers in the water aren't the only vulnerable point.
He said local cities also want to guard against a possible repeat of the 2007 oil spill into Burrard Inlet after an excavator working in north Burnaby ruptured part of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Ninety per cent of the 234,000 litres of crude oil that spilled was recovered, but only after it sprayed 11 homes and caused the evacuation of 250 residents.
Mussatto said local cities also expect to be consulted if Kinder Morgan pursues a significant expansion of the pipeline.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline once fed four refineries on Burrard Inlet.
But three of them closed in the 1990s and the oil increasingly has been loaded onto tankers for export, much of it to feed growing Asian demand.
As a result, the port's oil exports have tripled in the last five years.
Tankers that pass through the First and Second Narrows of Burrard Inlet clear the seabed by less than two metres.
The group No Tanks opposing the exports say that's too risky even though tankers pass through tethered to tugs.
"Second Narrows provides no margin for error for such large vessels," according to North Vancouver oceanographer Peter Baker, citing potential for human error and mechanical failures.
"At risk is the entire Salish Sea should a major accident occur."
#2 Nov 18, 2010
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