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Expansion of Trans Mountain Pipeline will increase oil tanker traffic by three-fold | Islands' Sounder

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San Juan Island residents can expect a large increase in oil tanker traffic in the coming months with the completion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion in British Columbia. The project was approved by the Canadian government back in June 2019, despite the reluctance of Washington state leaders, who were largely left out of the conversation. The project will triple the amount of Alberta crude oil that is carried from Burnaby near Vancouver, B.C., aiming to increase the number of tankers sent out, from an average of five per month to one per day. The Journal spoke with leaders in emergency response and environmental advocacy on San Juan Island to learn more about what this increase might mean for the islands.

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