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Approving west-bound pipeline projects could double the tanker traffic

If the Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline and the Trans Mountain expansion get approved it would mean West Coast tanker traffic could double.

The new study by IHS CERA, a leading advisor for international energy companies, found that in a year, the East sees about 3,500 tankers and the West only 500.

If the projects get approved an extra 1.3-million barrels per day could be shipped through the West, which could add 750 more tanker visits.

It says in the last 10 years world-wide tanker traffic has almost doubled, but the amount of oil spills have dropped.

It says over that time frame, the average volume of a spill fell 75%.

It says Canada provides more money for compensation when there’s a spill than all other countries do.

July 4th, 2013