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TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE

and TANKER EXPANSION PROPOSAL

KEY POINTS

» In December 2013, Trans Mountain filed an application with the NEB for review of a pipeline and tanker expansion proposal to move more diluted bitumen, or dilbit, from Alberta to British Columbia and beyond. » The application proposes building a second 987-kilometre pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, the last 28 kilometres of which would fall within the Tsleil-Waututh Consultation Area. » The application proposes additional infrastructure in our Consultation Area, including the following: - An expanded petroleum storage facility in Burnaby with triple the storage capacity - Two new pipelines from the storage facility to Westridge Marine Terminal - A new and expanded dock complex at Westridge Marine Terminal » Total volume of crude oil moved will nearly triple, from 48,000 to 142,000 cubic metres per day (300,000 to 890,000 barrels). » Most of the crude oil will be exported, which will lead to a roughly sevenfold increase in the frequency of tanker arrivals, from about once a week to at least one every day. » The expanded dock complex will require 1) realignment of the vessel traffic corridor in front of Westridge Marine Terminal, bringing the corridor closer to Whey-ah-wichen, and 2) relocation of the tanker anchorages now located at the junction of the Central Harbour, Indian Arm, and Port Moody Arm, bringing the anchorages closer to Tum-tumay-whueton.

WHAT IS DILBIT?

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ilbit is short for diluted bitumen. One component, bitumen, is old, extensively weathered oil. Weathering refers to a series of physical and chemical changes that over time may increase stickiness, making oils like bitumen too thick to readily flow. Because of weathering, the bitumen must be diluted with another component, in this case a gas condensate. The result is called dilbit. This combination allows the oil to flow through a pipeline or to be loaded into a tanker.

Assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal

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Profile for Tseil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative

Tseil-Waututh Nation Assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal  

Landmark independent assessment by the Tsleil-Wautuh Nation of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The assessment applies TWN'...

Tseil-Waututh Nation Assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal  

Landmark independent assessment by the Tsleil-Wautuh Nation of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The assessment applies TWN'...

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