A proposed project to build an 80 million litre jet fuel storage facility and pipelines in Richmond, Vancouver, Canada, has faced opposition from local residents.
A group formed to protest against the project, called Pipeline Opposition for Richmond, when the plans were revealed at the beginning of March 2011.
Protestors believe the development could threaten the surrounding environment, including the estuary, which they labelled as ‘very sensitive’.
Alternatives to the project have been suggested, such as twinning the existing pipeline that delivers the Vancouver airport’s jet fuel or building a new pipeline along an inland route to Washington’s refineries.
Currently the proposed pipeline would be built underneath the Fraser River and the project is deemed necessary as the existing pipeline struggles to meet the airport’s demand. The infrastructure runs 40km from Burrard Inlet to the airport, which is expected to face a rise in demand in the coming years.
Half of the jet fuel presently transported via the pipeline comes from a Chevron refinery in Burnaby and the other half comes from a barge in Burrard Inlet which is ferried from the Cherry Point refinery in Washington. The total jet fuel transported along the pipeline makes up 80% of the airport’s usage.