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Proposal could bring more tankers through area waters

January 28th, 2013 - 5:36am

SEATTLE (AP) - A proposal by Canadian energy giant Kinder Morgan could mean more oil-tanker traffic in Washington waters.

The Seattle Times reports there has been so much interest in long-term purchase contracts for Canadian tar-sands oil that the company announced it wants to boost capacity of its proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline

The proposed pipeline expansion would increase capacity from 750,000 barrels per day announced last April to 890,000 barrels per day.

A project official, Michael Davies, says if the expansion is approved it would mean an increase in tankers in the waters of Washington and British Columbia. Most of the tanker traffic would travel through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, proceed between the San Juan and Gulf islands, and enter Vancouver Harbor.

The company will develop its expansion proposal to Canada's National Energy Board over the coming months.

It hopes to begin operations by 2017.

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