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Planned projects in U.S.-Canada waters would increase oil spill risks

February 4, 2014 - 6:00am


A study has revealed that the potential for oil spills in the Haro Strait-Boundary Pass passage in U.S. and Canadian waters increases by 4.75 times because of an expected increase in ship traffic from three planned projects, the Vancouver Sun reports.

The three projects are Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, TSI Deltaport's proposed container expansion and the Gateway Pacific Terminal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-financed study said.

The study also said mitigation steps could majorly offset the higher risks, the newspaper reported.

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