What is Risk?

The proposed Kinder Morgan (KM) seven-fold increase in tanker movements through Eastern Burrard Inlet, will incur risks of collision and spills that are 5-times greater than what we accept for earthquake damage to buildings and infrastructure, and 20-times riskier than that which we accept for ship collision with new bridge designs.

CPE has asked the NEB and the Federal Government to deny the KM Expansion because they are not able or willing to bring the risks down to acceptable levels.

CPE’s appeals of the Federal Government and the NEB have gone unanswered.

Are we willing to let our government’s approval of risks from tanker collision and spills go forward without challenging them? If so, we would be accepting a risk much higher than the standards we accept for earthquake design for buildings and new bridge design.

Are we willing to incur a seven-fold increase in tankers, with up to 4 transits a day without a proper risk analysis of ship collision with the bridges?

Why is Risk Important to You?

  • We face risk every day- driving, walking, flying.
  • Risks that we face are acceptable because we continue to take them.
  • When accidents occur, we look to reduce risk to an acceptable level and we ask our government and others to help us do this.

What is an acceptable level of risk and when do we ask the government to reduce our risk?

  • We ask the government to reduce our exposure to earthquake damage by upgrading our earthquake requirements for building design as our knowledge of earthquake risks becomes apparent.
  • We require new building and infrastructure(eg. bridge designs) to meet updated codes and we take measures to upgrade old buildings, especially schools and other public places.
  • We also focus on ensuing that new highway bridges like Port Mann and the Golden Ears are built to withstand collisions with ships to a very high standard.

Here is what CPE proposes:

  • CPE wishes to bring a legal appeal as an intervenor in the City of Vancouver’s, Burnaby’s,  environmental, and other appeals that the Federal Appeal Court will hear during May and June of this year.

We need your help to fund legal advice and to raise public awareness through social, mainstream, and other media of the action we are taking.

Please help by donating to our appeal through our Indiegogo campaign or send us a cheque to CPE, Attn: Brian Gunn, Box 2160, Campbell River, BC, V9W 5C5.

Thank you,

Brian Gunn

Spokesperson for CPE