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British Columbia city challenges oil pipeline: What about fire or leak?
Burnaby, B.C., is standing up to Big Oil.
The Vancouver suburb wants to know where a proposed oil pipeline is going to go, especially if Burnaby fire crews are expected to handle a leak, rupture or conflagration.
The big, Houston-based Kinder Morgan pipeline company wants to double the capacity of its existing Trans-Mountain Pipeline. The pipeline transports crude oil from Alberta beneath the city of Burnaby (population 202,000) to a refinery on the shores of Burrard Inlet.
The pipeline expansion appears greased — Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to turn Canada into an oil-exporting power — but Burnaby is unwilling to lie down before the carbon economy. Its city attorney, Greg McDade, asked in a letter to Canada’s National Energy Board:
“What would happen in the event of a fire? …
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