Burnaby, BC – The Burnaby Fire Department has published a damning report on Kinder Morgan’s tank farm, warning that the proposed expansion could put the public and the environment at serious risk.
The report outlines a number of worst-case-scenarios for the Burnaby Mountain facility, including earthquakes, flammable crude leaks, poisonous gases, fires burning for days and exploding tanks that spray molten crude, igniting other nearby tanks.
But the biggest concern for the report’s author is a wildfire spreading on the mountain, close to homes and Simon Fraser University.
“A tank fire occurring in that facility, because of the proposed density, could extend to multiple tanks to the forested area of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area,” said Chris Bowcock, the department’s deputy fire chief. “The real risk is a fire occurring in the facility, extending to the tree tops of the forested area and through the tree tops across Burnaby Mountain.”
People would be trapped at SFU while the forest burned, and the firefighters would have to battle the blaze from uphill, the most dangerous vantage point, Bowcock explained.
Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline includes tripling the tank farm’s capacity by adding 14 new tank and replacing one existing tank, bringing the new total to 26 tanks holding roughly 5.6 million barrels of crude.