No Protection from Kinder Morgan Bitumen Oil Tanker Spill

The approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and its tanker traffic puts B.C.’s coast at tremendous risk, says Nanaimo—Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson.

Wednesday in the House of Commons, Malcolmson asked why the Trudeau government green-lit a massive increase in oil tanker traffic without proven plans to respond to a bitumen oil spill.

“How on earth could this government okay a seven-fold increase in bitumen oil tanker traffic now, with no new bitumen response plans in place?” questioned Malcolmson. “I`m hearing from a lot of worried Nanaimo—Ladysmith residents, concerned that spills risk our region’s ecology and economy.”

Malcolmson cited multiple studies which found bitumen spilled in the ocean will sink, making recovery nearly impossible. But the National Energy Board refused to hear evidence on this from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

“The government has failed to assure me that its Kinder Morgan tanker approval has a plan to protect Nanaimo—Ladysmith from bitumen when it, inevitably, spills.”