Risk Assessment of the Burnaby Tank Farm Expansion

Submitted by: City of Burnaby

The evidence:

  • Kinder Morgan’s risk assessment of the Burnaby storage tank site had several deficiencies. This included not giving due consideration to the realistic worst case scenario of a tank boil-over, where the contents of a tank are explosively ejected and ignited, creating a large fireball and spreading droplets of burning fuel. This burning fuel could then cause fires in surrounding forests and nearby residences.
  • A valid risk assessment would conclude that, considering the possibility of boil over, the risk associated with the current facilities is high and would become “intolerably high” if the expansion proceeds.