Vision Vancouver posts online petition against Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion
The City of Vancouver's governing party is opposed to the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline, and it's seeking the help of the online masses to stop the project.
Vision Vancouver posted on Tuesday (April 24) an e-petition called "Help stop the expansion of tanker traffic in Vancouver!" Addressed to the National Energy Board, the petition states:
Texas-based Kinder Morgan wants to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline to ship more Tar Sands oil through Vancouver. The proposed expansion would increase tanker traffic fivefold, dramatically increasing the chances of a devastating oil spill. A spill in Vancouver Harbour, Burrard Inlet, or the Fraser River would devastate iconic Stanley Park and local species and breeding habitat, have a disastrous impact on our tourism industry, and threaten port jobs.
Vancouverites do not want to see our city become a huge oil port. The expansion of the pipeline and tanker traffic is at odds with our identity, our values, the economy we have and the greener future we are building. The risk of an oil spill threatens the livelihood of our city and the splendor of our surroundings. Let’s keep Vancouver green!
So far, 490 people have signed the petition, which has a goal of only 5,000, for some reason.