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Significant Kinder Morgan Tank Farm Public Safety and Environmental Concerns Remain Unaddressed by Federal Government

A fire protection audit report commissioned by the National Energy Board (now the Canadian Energy Regulator) estimates that Trans Mountain’s response time to a major event at the Kinder Morgan tank farm in Burnaby – such as a serious fire – would be six hours.

“This is absolutely unacceptable,” says Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley. “For years, Burnaby’s Fire Department has been highlighting to the federal government’s National Energy Board the many significant public safety risks posed by the tank farm on Burnaby Mountain – by both the existing tanks and those now proposed to be added as part of the federal government’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

“Now, this report commissioned by the National Energy Board itself has come to light – three years after its completion – reconfirming the risks our Fire Department has been highlighting for years. 

“On Tuesday, we saw a devastating tank farm fire in California, at the NuStar Energy LP facility in Crockett, demonstrating the many environmental and public safety risks of tank farms that store oil products.

“We continue to call on the federal government to take these public safety risks seriously, as they have not done so to date and their inaction is putting lives and our environment in peril.”

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For additional information contact:
Office of the Mayor
mayor@burnaby.ca

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