Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mapping the Trans Mountain Pipeline


The Trans Mountain pipeline carries oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia. A proposed second pipeline could increase the amount of oil carried from 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000. For B.C.'s coast this would mean more tanker traffic and the increased risk of oil spills.

The Globe and Mail has released a story map which explores What Kinder Morgan's Pipeline will Mean for B.C.'s Coast. The map examines commercial marine traffic off Canada's Pacific coast. The proposed pipeline would mean a seven-fold increase in the number of Kinder Morgan oil tankers coming into and leaving port.

As you progress through the story map the Globe and Mail explores the conflicting assessments of the risk of an oil spill from increased traffic. The map automatically updates to show the locations with the greatest risk for marine traffic. The map also includes a number of videos showing the progress of a tanker from port to the open seas.

Also See

A Line in the Sand - mapping reactions to the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline in Canada
Mapping Canada's Coastline - WWF map of marine habitats & conservation projects
Building the Dakota Access Pipeline
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