SUPPORT FOR KINDER MORGAN’S PROMOTIONAL TOUR FROM THE MOST UNLIKELY PACES

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For Immediate Release – December 5, 2012

SUPPORT FOR KINDER MORGAN’S PROMOTIONAL TOUR
FROM THE MOST UNLIKELY PACES

BURNABY, BC — BROKE objects to the Port of Vancouver, a Crown corporation, participating in Kinder Morgan’s promotional tour of the Lower Mainland. Kinder Morgan, a US based oil pipeline giant, is conducting a promotion tour in Alberta and British Columbia to sell a controversial plan to expand its shipments of diluted tar sands to Burarrd Inlet where it will be transported by tankers to China and other offshore locations.

Shipments of diluted tar sands would increase to 750,000 barrel a day. To ship tar sands by pipeline requires mixing it with a range of toxic chemicals, heating it and putting it under high pressure so that it becomes more fluid. Kinder Morgan cannot guarantee that leaks and spills of oil from pipelines, sub-stations and and oil tank will not happen and have reported almost one accident per year over the past 10 years with evacuations in Burnaby in 2007 and again in 2009 and also in Sumas in 2012. Transport Canada found in an investigation of the Sumas spill that Kinder Morgan did not adequately respond to the spill and that compounded the problem.

The Port of Vancouver contributed to Kinder Morgan’s promotional tour of the controversial oil pipeline and oil tank farm expansion on October 24, 2012 at Stoney Creek Community School in Burnaby. Personnel with the Port reportedly answered questions about the plan to build a new crude oil pipeline and denied the need to dredge Second Narrows to make way for super sized oil tankers. A Port of Vancouver spokesperson is reported to have assured concerned visitors that no dredging would occur and that there was no greater danger of oil tankers passing through the narrows despite the need for more frequent shipments.

According to Elsie Dean of BROKE, “The Port of Vancouver’s participation in Kinder Morgan’s public relations work to sell their plan to build a new bigger pipeline to ship diluted bitumen gives the appearance of a serious conflict of interest. The Port of Vancouver is a Crown Corporation and is supposed to be an independent body. The Port should not be participating in Kinder Morgan’s, or any other, private promotional event. The participation of the Port gives, at the very least, the appearance of a serious conflict of interest. We demand the Port cease promoting Kinder Morgan’s planned expansion. It is incumbent on the Port Authority to maintain an independent position as a Crown corporation.”

Karl Perrin, also of BROKE, said that: “If the participation of the Port of Vancouver in Kinder Morgan’s promotional tour is not a direct conflict of interest, then it represents at the very least an apparent conflict of interest. The Port should cease all participation as it clearly undermines trust in a public institutions.”
Karl noted, “The Port of Vancouver, which oversees and regulates Kinder Morgan activities, should not be using its resources to promote, or be seen to support, Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal or any private interest.”

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For more information, please contact:

Elsie Dean – (604) 294-5834 E-mail: ewdean@telus.net

Karl Perrin – (604) E-mail: perrink@shaw.ca

Burnaby Resident Opposing KinderMorgan’s Expansion
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