SURREY — The president of Kinder Morgan Canada was in Surrey on Thursday to discuss how the company's proposed pipeline expansion may affect communities within the Lower Mainland.
Ian Anderson gave the keynote speech at the Surrey Board of Trade's seventh annual Environment and Business Awards, held at the Eaglequest Golf Course on 152nd Street.
Anderson elaborated on how the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion - announced in January of this year - would nearly triple the company's crude oil exports to Asia, Washington State and throughout B.C. "The proposed expansion is really to increase capacity of the line today, which is 300,000 barrels a day up to 890,000 barrels today," Anderson said.
He added local markets will drive some of the oil use, but noted that the majority of the product will be shipped out of Port Metro Vancouver.
He also addressed concerns pertaining to Surrey and how it may impact the city's communities. The pipeline currently runs across 1,150 kilometres from Edmonton to Burnaby, and the proposed expansion would go through Surrey.
"We're looking for other corridors, be they highway corridors, hydro corridors, rail corridors, in order to build a pipeline that's more benign and less intrusive in your communities," said Anderson, noting that the top concerns from residents include safety and response, environmental sensitivities and local benefits.
If the expansion is approved and built, Anderson said Kinder Morgan Canada would double what it pays in property taxes to the City of Surrey, as well as seek help on the project from local businesses.
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