The Economics of Oil Pipelines and Tankers with Robyn Allan

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The Economics of Oil Pipelines and Tankers


Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) is pleased to announce a special presentation by noted economist Robyn Allan on March 27, 2013 at the Confederation Center, Burnaby. B.C..

The presentation will be hosted by the Institute for the Humanities – SFU, the Environment Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, ForestEthics Advocacy and BROKE.

Robyn Allan will address the Economics of Oil Pipelines and Tankers.

The Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline proposals seek west coast access for Alberta’s bitumen.

The oil tanker traffic triggered by these projects is staggering. We will see more than a tanker a day in Burrard Inlet and over 500 oil tanker transits a year in Hecate Straight and Douglas Channel.

Why are British Columbians being forced to contemplate putting our marine and fresh waterways in harm’s way? Why are we required to waste our time debating the best way to clean up a major oil spill when it happens? Why are we expected to accept the crowding out of legitimate and vibrant west coast commerce so Supernatural British Columbia can become a Super Oil Tanker terminal for Alberta?

Until we have a sensible conversation as a country about how we best develop our oil resources in a socially, fiscally and environmentally responsible way for the benefit of all Canadians—and what that looks like in terms of pipeline capacity—we’re going to continue to be bombarded by these unnecessary oil pipeline proposals.

Canadian economist and expert witness at the Northern Gateway Hearings, Robyn Allan, will present the economics behind big oil’s energy strategy and what the industry does not what you to know. She will explain why saying “no” to these pipelines is saying “yes” to meaningful economic growth and development for not only BC, but all of Canada—including Alberta.


Date: March 27, 2013
Time: Seating begins at 6:30 PM and is limited
Address: Confederation Center, 4585 Albert St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2G6 (604) 294-1936

For more information please contact:

ForestEthics Advocacy: Ben West

Environment Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver: Tara Bonham

Institute for the Humanities – SFU: Sandra Zink

Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion: Alan Dutton

Burnaby Resident Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE)
Burnaby, British Columbia and

(Final Version – February 27, 2013)