Robyn Allan March 27, 2013 Confederation Center Albert Street

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Robyn Allan

By Wanda Chow – Burnaby NewsLeader

Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) is hosting a talk by economist Robyn Allan on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert St., in Burnaby.

Allan, an expert witness at the hearings into Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, will speak on the economics behind oil companies’ energy strategy.

Both Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline are aimed at supplying export markets with oil sands bitumen from Alberta.

BROKE is raising concerns about the oil tanker traffic that will result—more than a supertanker per day in Burrard Inlet alone.

“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,” said a BROKE press release.

Allan will explain “why saying “no” to these pipelines not only benefits the growth and development of B.C.’s economy, but all of Canada—including Alberta.”