B. C. Waters Crude Oil Chronicle


Informing Vancouverites about the inevitable crude oil spill between the Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, B.C. , across the water from Cates Park in North Vancouver, underneath our bridges, around Stanley Park and out to Pacific Ocean.

October 17 , 2010

No Tanks resources

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Oil Pipeline History in B.C.


Crude Oil in Burrard Inlet Risk Assessment - Update, May 2010

Download report in PDF File here (2 MB).



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B.C. waters, rollin’ ocean
Don’t want no supertankers hangin’ around
From sea to shining sea - slick to slick? Ugh!
Don’t want no supertankers runnin’ aground

The oilmen, they don’t give a damn, they
Do it every time
Risk the whole environment
To save themselves a dime

B.C. waters, fishin's plenty
Don’t need no supertankers crossin my line
B.C. waters, oooh how we love ya,
Don’t let them do it, we can stop them in time
Don’t let them do it, we can stop them in time
Don’t let them do it, we can STOP THEM!





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Crude oil tankers in Burnaby

After his tanker is loaded with over 20 million gallons of Alberta crude oil at the Kinder Morgan Westridge terminal in Burnaby, the next challenge for the captain will be to manouver the tanker under the Second Narrows railway bridge, which is on the east side of the Second Narrows Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. The supports of this railway bridge in the narrows are about 500 feet apart. The tanker is 100 feet wide and 1000 feet long. There are presently about two crude oil tankers leaving Burnaby for the Pacific every week.

The captain then steers his tanker, full of over 20 million gallons on Alberta crude oil, through Burrard Inlet, under the Lions Gate Bridge, around Stanley Park, past the English Bay beaches, through the "protected " Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, beyond Victoria and on to the Pacific.


If a tanket bumps into one of the supports holding up the railway bridge, will the bridge above fall and cut the tanker below in half?



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Sunday, October, 17

Crude Awakenings Flotilla

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The shipmenmt of crude oil through our coastal waters is endangering our ecosyatem, wildlife, health, tourism, fishing, whale watching and other industries, with long lasting effects,



Ban the export of crude oil

The United States did it in 1975 when they banned the export of crude oil from Alaska.

Congress authorized construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system during the crisis caused by the 1973 Arab oil embargo. The act that authorized the construction of the pipeline also prohibits the export of Alaskan oil in order to ensure "energy independence."

Until 1995, Alaska North Slope crude could not be legally exported.

























May 25, 2010

Singapore oil slick closes beach after ship collision

The beach closure comes just before school holidays begin

Initial reports after the collision appeared to downplay the risks to Singapore's coastline and major shipping industry, suggesting 2,000 tonnes of oil could leak.

This was later raised to at least 5,000 tonnes of oil, although officials now say 2,500 tonnes have spilt.

5000 tonnes x 7.2 = 36,000 barrels x 42 = 1,512,000 gallons of crude oil!

March 31 , 2010

Ottawa revises rules of environmental review regime

Environment Ministry given power to minimize assessment of projects, leaving larger number in provincial hands

March 23 , 2010

March 22 , 2010

An oil spill could be 'catastrophic' for British Columbia killer whales

Orca population would not survive an ecological incident, researchers say.

February 8 , 2010

Alaska beaches still have oil from 1989 spill

An estimated 20,000 gallons of crude oil remain trapped in the gravelly beaches of Prince William Sound, Alaska, long after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Pictured is crude oil trapped on a rocky beach shortly after the Exxon Valdez tanker spilled nearly 11 million gallons of oil into the Prince William Sound in March, 1989. About 20,000 gallons of the oil remains 20 years later. Jack Smith/AP/file


January 24, 2010

Collision Causes Crude Oil Spill in Texas

HOUSTON—A collision between an oil tanker bound for Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Beaumont refinery and an outbound vessel towing barges resulted in a major crude-oil spill in the port of Port Arthur, Texas on Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard says about 450,000 gallons of crude oil has spilled into the Port of Port Arthur area in southeast Texas after two vessels collided. Video courtesy of Fox News.

The spill occurred when a 600-foot oil tanker collided with a towing vessel in the port area of Port Arthur. The collision left a 15-by-8-foot hole in the tanker. No injuries were reported.

Hundreds clean up Texas oil spill

About 500 responders on the water and in the command post worked overnight to contain the spill. Nearly 46,000 feet of plastic walls known as booms and 15 oil-sucking skimmer boats were in the water, Ranel said.

The Eagle Otome collided with a towing vessel pushing two barges on Saturday, leaving a 15-foot-by-8-foot hole in the tanker. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Coast Guard are investigating.

The Eagle Otome is owned by AET Tankers, a Malaysian company with offices in Houston.



Informing you about the destruction* of the waters and beaches of beautiful British Columbia

* History has shown us that a major spill is not a matter of "IF" but "WHEN."

In case you didn't know, crude oil from the Alberta tar sands that has been pumped to the refineries in Burnaby, B.C. is also being pumped into supertankers at the Westridge port in Burnaby, for shipment through Burrard Inlet, around Stanley Park, into Georgia Strait, passing by the Gulf Islands and downtown Victoria into the Strait of Juan de Fuca to enter the Pacific Ocean.

The number of tankers loading at the Burnaby Westridge Terminal has gone from none in 2000 to 34 in 2007. Kinder Morgan is in the midst of expanding its pipeline to Burnaby from 260,000 to 300,000 barrels per day.

I have recently (May, 2009) observed 2 tankers per week loading at Westridge Treminal, each one leaving Burrard Inlet loaded with 500,000 barrels or 21 million gallons of Albverta crude oil.

Statistics Canada reported on November 26, 2007:

  • In the first seven months of 2007, the value of crude oil, exports to China surpassed $150 million, as China and Canada tested the logistics of shipping Alberta Oil through the Port of Vancouver. While still not a significant share of all Canada's oil exports, China opened up a potentially large market for Canadian crude oil.
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Media Release May 6, 2009

Crude Oil in Burrard Inlet Risk Assessment May 2009

(The above attachment is a large PDF file - 12 megs. You may wish to view the contents individually below.)

Letter to Vancouver Mayor Robertson 324KB
United Nations Situation Report 18KB
Statistics Canada report - logistics of shipping Alberta Oil through the Port of Vancouver and page 2 854KB , 601KB
Oil Spill History - Graph - Data 22KB, 85KB
History of correspondence 48KB
Preparedness 30KB
Photos of : Mallipo Harbour and Burrard Inlet 947KB, 3894KB
Dirty Little Secret - by Don Whiteley, BC Business, Apriul, 2009 2571KB

I, Bill Gannon, CMA, prepared the above risk assessment and delivered it to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, with copies to those listed below.

See below for their Response to Risk Assessment

Risk Asssessment Recipient Response to Risk Assessment to February 5, 2010
Delivered May 5, 2009 Vancouver Mayor Robertson

May 11: "I'll share this with Councillor Andrea Reimer, she is doing lots of work on this front." Gregor Robertson.

June 5: Follow up letter sent to Councillor Reimer.

2010: No reply

Delivered May 5, 2009 The Honourable Hedy Fry, M.P. Vancouver Centre

June 10: Follow up letter to the Honourable Hedy Fry.

July 13: Contacted Steve Bourtne atg Hedy Fry Denman office , who said he would make sure that Hedy would see my my report and reply.

2010 No reply

Delivered May 5, 2009 Spencer Herbert, MLA Vancouver-West End

May 8: Spencer left voice mail saying he would like to chat about this issue.

May 12: I returned call and left message.

2010; No reply

Delivered May 6, 2009 Vancouver Sun  
Delivered May 6, 2009 Vancouver Province  
Delivered May 6, 2009 Georgia Straight  
Delivered May 6, 2009 WestEnder

May 7 Interviewed by Jackie Wong, May 14 issue Page 5 story: Oil Tankers Pose Threat to Inlet www.westender.com

Thank you, Jackie and the Westender

Delivered May 7, 2009 Vancouver Courier  
Delivered May 7, 2009 Rex Weyler May 19:Rex Weyler: "I gave my copy to Kenneth Lowyck, Action Unit Coordinator, Greenpeace Canada
Delivered May 7, 2009 North Shore News  
Delivered May 8, 2009 CBC  
Delivered May 8, 2009 Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan  
Delivered May 8, 2009 Carol James, MLA Victoria NDP Leader of the Opposition  
Delivered May 10, 2009 Island Trust North Pender Island Trustee Gary Stevens  
Delivered May 10, 2009 Island Trust North Pender Island Trustee Derek Masselink  
Mailed May 11, 2009 North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton  
Mailed May 11, 2009 North Vancouver City Mayor Mussato

May 13: Receipt acknowledged and referred to City Council for their information, and to Parks & Environment Department staff for a direct reply and copy to the City Clerk.

June 16: Reply from Michael Hunter, Manager, Parks and Environment :"The responsibility to manage and regulate port activities on the water and surrounding port lands remains with the Government of Canada, through Port Metro vancouver. As a result, it may be helpful to contact the Port or the Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program. with your concerns."

Mailed May 11, 2009 West Vancouver District Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones  
Mailed May 14, 2009 The Honourable Don Davies, MP Vancouver-Kingsway May 18: The Honourable Don Davies phoned me to chat about the issue. He said he has drafted no tanker legislation and would like to meet with me and other environmental organizations within a month or two to review his draft before presenting it to Parliament..
Delivered May 19, 2009 Peal Oil Executive - Rex Weyler  

It's happening! If we don't stop them now, we never will.






Our government cannot stop them unless there is a law.

You can help to make the law:

Ban the export of crude oil through B.C. waters

What YOU can do


At Barnet Marine Park in Burrard Inlet looking toward Vancouver.


We noticed five or six Emergency Response trucks in the parking lot.


"Hi, what's happening?" we asked.

"We're practicing for when there is an oil spill," the team leader replied.










Burnaby, B.C.

December 1, 2009

Dredging First and Second Narrows in Burrard Inlet to allow passage of larger ships is already on the agenda


May 14, 2009

Oil tankers pose threat to Inlet

May 7, 2009

Oil spill on Burnaby mountain contained

March 18, 2009

Poor designs, communication caused Burnaby oil spill: transportation safety board

Failure to verify the accuracy of 1957 design drawings indicating the location of a crude oil pipeline in Burnaby led to a contractor’s excavator bucket causing a massive rupture.


February 5, 2009

NDP MP Don Davies drafts bill to ban oil tankers off B.C. coast

Don Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway, has drafted legislation to enshrine in law the federal moratorium that prohibits oil tankers from plying British Columbia’s coastal waters.

September 15, 2008

Fatal explosion puts Kinder Morgan’s past in spotlight

July 25, 2008

New Orleans, Louisiana: A 61-foot barge, carrying 419,000 gallons of heavy fuel, collides with a 600-foot tanker ship in the Mississippi River near New Orleans. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel leak from the barge, causing a halt to all river traffic while cleanup efforts commence to limit the environmental fallout on local wildlife.

July 2, 2008

Kinder Morgan ramping up pipeline plans


Spring, 2008

British Columbia - Tanker Traffic Grows

The number of tankers loading at the Burnaby Westridge Terminal has gone from none in 2000 to 34 in 2007. Kinder Morgan is in the midst of expanding its pipeline to Burnaby from 260,000 to 300,000 barrels per day.

May 7th, 2008

City of Burnaby - Inlet Drive Ruptured Pipeline

Message from the Mayor

January 11, 2008

Trans Mountain Pipeline and Kinder Morgan Canada launch suit over Burnaby pipeline bust

Allege city and contractor responsible for suburban oil spill

December 7, 2007

December 7, South Korea: Oil spill causes environmental disaster, destroying beaches, coating birds and oysters with oil, and driving away tourists with its stench. The Hebei Spirit collides with a steel wire connecting a tug boat and barge five miles off South Korea's west coast, spilling 2.8 million gallons of crude oil. Seven thousand people are trying to clean up 12 miles of oil-coated coast.

South Korea's worst oil spill blackens west coast

Crew finally stops oil flow from stricken tanker

August 2, 2007

Bill Siksay
M e m b e r o f P a r l i a m e n t

August 2, 2007

Oil pipe hit more than once: official

July 26, 2007

Crude oil spills create short-, long-term problems


July 25, 2007

Huge Burnaby oil spill

YouTube - Oil Pipeline Rupture in Burnaby BC





Adding 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) incremental capacity by November 2008 for a total capacity of 300,000 barrels per day.





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Ambush in Douglas Channel - excerpt from Warriors of the Rainbow, by Bob Hunter

Ambush at Douglas Channel - excerpt from Greenpeace: The Inside Story, by Rex Weyler




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Publiher and Editor: Bill Gannon, CMA