Kinder Morgan says, in response to a question posed by MP Elizabeth May, that it doesn't care what the people of Vancouver or Burnaby think of its plans to expand the Transmountain Pipeline to bring seven bitumen-laden tankers to our coast each week - it prefers to leave the decision up to the National Energy Board and the Harper government.
Unfortunately, Vancouver City Council doesn't seem interested in a democratic vote on Kinder Morgan either. In May, Green Party of Vancouver City Councillor Adriane Carr tabled a motion calling for a plebiscite on Kinder Morgan - similar to the one Kitimat held on Northern Gateway in April - to be added to the civic election ballot this November. Vision councillors struck Carr's motion off the table and replaced it with one calling instead for the Harper government to offer to hold referenda in affected communities after the National Energy Board makes its decision.
If Kitimat voters can vote on Northern Gateway, Vancouver voters should have the chance to vote on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline!
Councillor Carr is prepared to bring this issue back to Council, but she needs all of our support! Please sign the petition below, then share it with your friends as well. Together, we can stand up for our coast, our democracy, and our future.
Petition to Vancouver City Council: Let Vancouver vote on the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion Project
WHEREAS on May 14, 2014 Vancouver City Council requested that the Federal Government hold referendums in every community that is affected by the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project if, by Council Resolution, a city requests such a referendum;
WHEREAS Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, with its plans to increase the number of tankers to an estimated 10 per week carrying Alberta tar sands dilbit (diluted bitumen) to foreign markets through Vancouver waters, poses increased risks of oil spills and leakages that would negatively affect the health of Vancouver’s citizens, environment, shorelines, beaches and tourism economy and would, by increasing the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, exacerbate global warming which threatens the city through rising sea levels, acidification of the ocean and more severe storms, droughts and other weather events;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Vancouver City Council request that the Federal Government inform the City prior to September 5 whether it will hold referendums on the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion Project and, if yes, that the City Council request the referendum and, if not, that the City Council place a plebiscite question on the November 15, 2014 civic ballot on Kinder Morgan’s plans to increase oil tanker traffic through Vancouver’s harbour and the ocean waters adjacent to Vancouver’s shores.