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WorldCanada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters

06:05  18 june  2019
06:05  18 june  2019 Source:   seattlepi.com

US Navy assisting 2 targeted tankers in Oman Sea

US Navy assisting 2 targeted tankers in Oman Sea A U.K. maritime safety group warned Thursday of an unspecified incident in the Gulf of Oman and urged "extreme caution" amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran and a high-stakes visit by the Japanese prime minister to Iran. Iranian media claimed — without offering any evidence — that there had been an explosion in the area targeting oil tankers. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy, put out the alert but did not elaborate on the incident. It said it was investigating. Cmdr. Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the U.S.

Others across Canada have spoken out in support of the project, which would allow Canadian oil to access new global markets. Indigenous leaders, Coast Salish water protectors and others demonstrate in Burnaby against the expansion of the pipeline .

The Canadian government is purchasing a vital link in Washington ’s oil network — a nearly 70-mile pipeline spur running through That would create the potential for exports from Washington , where tankers have a more direct path to the open ocean than those departing from Burnaby.

Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters
Canada approval imminent: Pipeline will bring tankers to Washington waters

SEQUIM — Consequences for America if Canada approves an 890,000-barrel-a-day oil pipeline, a decision set for Tuesday, can be viewed at the top of a steep 17-mile road out of Sequim up to Deer Park in Olympic National Park.

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Anti- pipeline signs are seen on the side of a road in the First Nations village of Old Massett, British Columbia. Analysts have long speculated that the approval of the pipeline is imminent . Those opposed to the pipeline say increased oil tanker traffic will hamper the whales’ ability to catch food.

Tankers filled by the current Kinder Morgan pipeline now sail to refineries on the West Coast of the United States. “If the national interest is given over to the extremes on the left or the right, if the voices of the moderate majority of Canadians are forgotten, the reverberations of that will tear at the

The view below is of a marine environment admired the world over, shared by two countries, protected in each by parks. And through these marine waters would travel 400 laden oil tankers each year.

The proposed expanded TransMountain Pipeline would carry bitumen crude oil from Alberta's tar sands 700 miles down through British Columbia to an oil port at Burnaby, just east of Vancouver, B.C.

The oil would be shipped out through Burrard Inlet, and then Haro Strait, which separates the San Juan and Gulf Islands. It would turn west out the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It would exit the Strait in oft-foggy, densely traveled waters, where a Chinese freighter once sliced through a Japanese fishing vessel.

Any oil spill would be catastrophic. Gov. Jay Inslee opposes the pipeline, citing concern for endangered orca whales. British Columbia Premier John Horgan has been so-far unsuccessful legal action. He represents a riding (district) of the B.C. Legislature on the north shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused rival Iran of attacks on two oil tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel, adding he "won't hesitate" to tackle any threats to the kingdom, according to excerpts of an interview published on Sunday. But we won't hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty, our territorial integrity and our vital interests," he added. The twin attacks sent crude prices soaring amid a tense standoff between Iran and the US. The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman when it was rocked by explosions, causing a blaze that was quickly extinguished.

If approved , the .4 billion Trans Mountain project would nearly triple the flow of oil through the existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the British Columbia coast. Because the tankers arrive empty, they need to discharge “ballast water ” — the water the tankers were filled with at their

Yet pipelines have also been controversial in Canada over fears that the fossil fuel use they A pipeline network consists of gathering systems, trunk lines and distribution systems — parts that The system for pipeline approval itself has also been criticized, with some claiming Canadians have

The government of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears set on going ahead with the project, for political reasons.

Alberta is hurting economically, and desperate to get its oil to tidewater. The Canadian government bought the TransMountain pipeline for $4.5 billion (Canadian) last year, when the Houston based Kinder Morgan pipeline builder grew anxious at delays.

Pipeline equipment is piled up next to the Trans-Canada Highway in Hope, and at Kamloops along the pipeline route.

A final objection came over the weekend from David Anderson, a former Canadian cabinet minister who represented Victoria in the House of Commons. Anderson was a big defender of Victoria's sewage dumping in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, but opposes the pipeline.

Overseas buyers for Alberta oil would be "few and far between," Anderson argued in a letter to cabinet minister. "There is no credible evidence to suggest that Asia is likely to be a reliable or a significant market for Alberta bitumen."

Iran hints US could be behind 'suspicious' tanker attacks

Iran hints US could be behind 'suspicious' tanker attacks Iran's parliament speaker hinted Sunday that Washington could be behind the "suspicious" tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman to pile pressure on Tehran, official news agency IRNA reported. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "The suspicious actions against the tankers... seem to complement the economic sanctions against Iran considering that (the US) has not achieved any results from them," Ali Larijani told MPs.

PM says he is prepared to use taxpayer dollars to fund controversial expansion opponents say will have serious environmental consequences.

Weigh Anchor. B.C. and First Nations oppose it, Alberta wants it badly – and after an ultimatum from a U.S. oil giant, Ottawa has bought it to build it themselves. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would bring billions in new revenue, but it would also mean an increase in coast-to-port tanker traffic

Alberta has threatened British Columbia with economic retaliation over its resistance to the pipeline.

Trudeau will face Canada's voters in a national election this fall. The prime minister's Liberal Party holds 16 House of Commons seats in British Columbia's Lower Mainland, where opposition to the pipeline in intense.

Still, massive resource "megaprojects" are part of the Canadian mystique. The $7.4 billion TransMountain project is not popular in Vancouver and Burnaby, but is seen as a job generator on its route through British Columbia.

We, on the U.S. side of the view from Deer Park, have orca whales in this hunt.

Trudeau has promised a $1.4 billion (CAD) marine safety fund, but Canada's Coast Guard has had trouble cleaning up tugboat spills.

A 230,000-gallon 1987 barge spill, in American waters off Grays Harbor was carried north by winds. It fouled beaches in Olympic National Park, and sent foaming oil ashore 330 miles away at Long Beach in Canada's Pacific Rim National Park.

The 1991 freighter-fishing boat accident off Cape Flattery sent tar balls ashore at Shi-Shi Beach and Point of Arches, scenic climax of the coastal strip of Olympic National Park.

The Puget Sound area has already breathed impacts from Alberta, smoke from its wildfires has been felt here.

Up at Deer Park, the environmental risk is spread out below . . . Haro Strait, and the San Juan Island National Historical Park . . . Victoria, a vertical mile below, glistening in morning sun . . . the national wildlife refuge at Dungeness Spit . . . British Columbia's Juan De Fuca Marine Park.

Yes, oil tankers traverse these waters bound for refineries at Anacortes and Cherry Point, but Congress long ago banned supertankers from these waters.

But TransMountain is a very big deal.  The pipeline's capacity is larger than the Gulf Coast-bound Keystone Pipeline.

It has a very large capacity for endangering places we love.

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Trump calls on foreign countries to protect their own oil tankers.
President Trump on Monday appeared to argue that the U.S. does not need to protect commerce in foreign waterways like the Strait of Hormuz, suggesting he's not concerned about Iranian activity there as long as Tehran does not develop a nuclear weapon. The president, who has long expressed opposition to America's role as the world's police, tweeted that China and Japan are among the countries that get most of its oil via shipping through "the Straight," and called on them to protect their own vessels. "So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation.

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