Trans Mountain is a 1,150-kilometre pipeline built in 1953. It carries oil from Strathcona County (near Edmonton) to the Westridge Marine Terminal Facility in Burnaby. The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) would build a second pipeline alongside the existing pipeline to increase overall oil transportation capacity. If approved, construction would begin September 2017 with service beginning December 2019. Learn more at www.transmountain.com.
Why It’s Needed: Growing Production, New Markets in Asia
Global energy demand will increase, driven by growing economies and improving living conditions in Asia, particularly China and India. With Canada’s oil sands projected to increase supply by more than 1.5 million barrels per day by 2030 (CAPP, 2016), Canada has an opportunity to become a supplier of choice to these emerging markets, while generating long-term economic benefits and prosperity for Canadians. Exporting oil overseas has the added benefit of diversifying markets and ensuring Canada gets fair market prices for its oil.
Why It's Important
Why It’s Safe: Myth Buster on Marine Safety
MYTH: No oil ships out from the West Coast and it’s not safe to begin now.
FACTS: Since 1956, tankers have transported petroleum products from the Westridge Marine Terminal out through Port Metro Vancouver without a single spill.
||Currently, five tankers a month carry oil from Trans Mountain for export. This would increase to 34 a month once the pipeline is expanded.|
||Canada has world-leading safety standards for marine transport using tankers, including mandatory use of double-hull tankers, and the use of marine pilots with knowledge of local waters when navigating harbours and busy waterways. Learn more at: bit.ly/2aytNNb.|
||In the unlikely event of a spill, Canada also has highly trained, expert spill response organizations including the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation.|
Pipelines are a Safe Method of Oil Transport Over Land
99.9995 per cent of liquid petroleum products transported by transmission pipelines in Canada between 2011 and 2015 were moved safely. (CEPA, 2016).
What You Can Do:
In May, the National Energy Board (NEB) released a report recommending approval of TMEP subject to 157 conditions. The final decision is now in the hands of the federal cabinet in Ottawa. The government must make a decision by December 2016. Subsequent to the NEB report, the federal government has announced the creation of a Ministerial Panel to conduct additional consultation with communities and Aboriginal groups. The Canada’s Energy Citizens program is taking a lead role providing Canadians with information and tools to take an active role supporting this project. You can:
||Write a letter to Your MP by going to www.supporttransmountain.ca.
||Find out when the ministerial panel will be in your community at www.bcfortransmountain.ca. Also, sign-up for email alerts ensuring you get the most up-to-date information regarding the hearings
||Like Canada’s Energy Citizens on FaceBook (www.facebook.com/canadasenergycitizens); we provide a steady stream of Trans Mountain-related information and further opportunities to support the project, both on and off-line.
||Take the Government of Canada’s short questionnaire on the Trans Mountain project at www.nrcan.gc.ca/questionnaire/18721|