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Pipeline expansion deserves scrutiny

April 25, 2012
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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Roberston is taking steps to fight a proposed $5-billion expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline. The mayor plans to ask city staff to draft a bylaw that would require tankers and pipeline operators to compensate the City of Vancouver in terms equivalent to a major spill.

Doug McArthur, an SFU professor in the School of Public Policy, says that Robertson’s stance is justified.

"Mayor Robertson is showing real leadership in stepping forward on this issue,” says McArthur. “The projected tanker traffic will bring big changes to the Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea, and heighten the risk to the city and neighbouring municipalities on the inlet. This needs careful public scrutiny. The city must be part of that process if the pipeline is to acquire the social license to expand as planned."

Doug McArthur, 778.782.5208, 604.786.0016 (cell), doug_mcarthur@sfu.ca

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