About the Project
The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a proposal by Kinder Morgan to expand the capacity of its existing crude oil pipeline from Strathcona County, Alberta (near Edmonton) to the Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia. Kinder Morgan has proposed “twinning” its existing pipeline (building a second pipeline next to, or close to, its existing pipeline) with 994 km of new pipeline. This would increase the capacity of the pipeline from 300,000 barrels of oil per day to 890,000 barrels per day. The proposal also includes the construction of three new tanker berths at the Westridge Terminal, which would result in a seven-fold increase in tankers, from five to 34 tankers per month.
The review of the proposal, by the National Energy Board is underway. The final hearings are scheduled for September 2015.
The Proposed Route
There are a number of maps of the proposed route and associated developments. A few examples include an interactive map created by Kinder Morgan, a map created by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation showing tanker anchoring locations in Burrard inlet and the Nation’s reserve, and a map created by Wilderness Committee that shows the pipeline route, major watersheds it crosses, and pipeline associated shipping lanes.
For more information on the proposed pipeline, please see our Links pages.