VANCOUVER – Oil sands opponents who have been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline project in the United States are turning their sights on two pipeline proposals in British Columbia.
The conservation group Forest Ethics launched the website tarsandssos.org in Washington state today, featuring real-time tracking of all tankers in and out of Kinder Morgan’s Westridge terminal in Burnaby — the terminus of its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta.
Forest Ethics U.S. spokesman Matt Krogh (crowg) says the website is the start of a cross-border campaign to oppose the Canadian projects.
Although neither Trans Mountain nor Northern Gateway projects cross the border, the group says the additional 700-plus tankers that would move the crude in the waters of the Pacific are a concern for Americans.
The Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) would deliver 525,000 barrels of petroleum a day to a tanker terminal in Kitimat, on the north coast of B.C.
Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of its existing Trans Mountain line would increase its capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day.