Major human health impacts of the KMX
Submitted by: BROKE and NS NOPE
- Pipelines carrying crude oil or bitumen, which can contain carcinogens like benzene, can have significant toxic and psychological impacts on people.
- The elderly, children, and females of childbearing age (around 45-53% of the Burnaby and North Shore populations) are especially susceptible.
- Chronic exposure to benzene can destroy red blood cells, form tumors, and lead to leukemia in children.
- The original pipeline proposal neither adequately assessed potential health risks nor acknowledged climate change as a serious public health concern for future generations.