A major oil and gas company plans to dump thousands of dredge pipes into Vancouver Harbor as part of a massive project to create a shallow-water marine environment for future oil and natural gas production.
Key points:Key points of Kinder Morgan’s dredge pipe projectKey points are expected to take place in Vancouver’s Port Lands areaThe company will also remove a large portion of its existing dredge and pipe infrastructure in Port LandsThe company is calling for a moratorium on new oil and pipeline activity in the areaKey points -Kinder Morgan is proposing to dump a total of 4,500 dredge pipelines and dredge vessels into the Vancouver Harbor, a project that is expected to last several yearsThe company has a contract with a private company to build a shallow, protected marine environment, called the Port Lands, which will eventually form a permanent marine environment.
Key Points:The company plans on dumping 4,000 dredge piping and dredging vessels into Vancouver’s portlands and a temporary marine environmentThe pipes and vessels will be removed in 2019, the company saysThe company says the marine environment will be created in three stages:An oil and chemical wellhead, a water-based reservoir, and a marine grass habitatThe pipeline would be used to transport oil and chemicals from Alberta’s tar sands to the port in Vancouver.
The project would be funded by a $1.9 billion government loan guarantee, and the first phase is expected begin in 2020.
The Port Lands will eventually become a permanent, protected environment in time for oil and other products to be extracted there, Kinder Morgan said in a statement.
Kinder Mariner has a lease on the land, which is being developed by the private company B.C. Pacific, and it plans to build an existing wellhead to support the pipeline.
The pipeline will be a short distance from the new marine environment that will be established in 2019.
“In 2019, we will begin a series of phases to remove and destroy approximately 3,000 miles of pipeline,” Kinder Mariner said in the statement.
“The total project duration will be between 12 and 18 months, starting with the removal of the pipeline, and will continue to be completed over a 10-year period.”
This project will help to create an environmentally responsible, safe, and sustainable marine environment on the Portlands, and in the process, provide benefits for all stakeholders.
“The company said it has a 15-year contract to develop the marine habitat.”
We are in discussions with the federal government about the use of our marine habitat for oil sands exploration, but no decisions have been made at this time,” Kinder said.”
Our goal is to have a permanent protected marine habitat in the Port and this project will ensure that our environmental goals are met.
“The project has sparked controversy in Canada, where environmentalists say the pipes and dredges will threaten a critical wildlife habitat.
Kimmer said it would also remove large portions of its pipeline infrastructure in the portlands, including about 1,600 miles of track, which would require major infrastructure removal.”
While we are not yet able to confirm how many vehicles will be involved, we are confident that they will be minimal,” the company said.
It said the project would cost about $1 billion, and construction would take four to five years.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the federal environmental agency have said they’re concerned about the potential impact of oil and tar sands development in the harbour.
The Kinder Mariners project comes as Kinder Morgan is also seeking to complete a $5.7 billion pipeline expansion into the Port of Edmonton.
The company’s $2.4 billion Northern Gateway project, which aims to expand oil and coal exports from British Columbia to Asia, is also in its final stages.
Ketchum has become a hub for Canada’s oil industry, and some environmental groups have criticized the company for dumping dredge infrastructure into a region with fragile fish and wildlife populations.
Kinders decision to dump the dredge work in Portlands comes amid an environmental review into the pipeline project by the National Energy Board.
The National Energy Commission is expected later this year to approve the project, but it has not yet decided what impact it will have on the environment.