U.S. pipeline developer Williams has had several leaks and explosions at pipelines and facilities south of the border
Just one day after a pipeline is announced to carry natural gas from Washington State to a proposed LNG facility in the Saanich Inlet, NDP MLA Gary Holman is sending letters to surrounding communities outlining his concerns.
“I can’t think of a more sensitive area to construction such a facility or a more sensitive area to construct a pipeline through” says the Saanich North and the Islands MLA.
Steelhead LNG is planning a liquefied natural gas facility in Bamberton in partnership with the Malahat First Nation.
On Tuesday the company announced it has signed a pre-construction agreement with United States company Williams to build a 128 kilometre pipeline from Sumas, Washington to Bamberton.
Williams is one of the largest oil and gas pipeline companies in the U.S., and has been around more than 100 years. Although the company is considered to have a relatively good safety record, accidents do happen.
In September 2008 a Williams natural gas pipeline exploded in Virginia, creating a massive ball of flame.
The company also experienced a series of three major incidents over a 12 month period including a massive explosion at a liquefied gas storage site in Plymouth, Washington in March 2014.
It has some questioning the safety of constructing a natural gas pipeline through the ocean, and a floating LNG facility in such a sensitive and populated area.
“LNG facilities occasionally have accidents as with other industrial projects and there’s a lot of people living in and around that facility so to me it’s just not clear to me how they came up with this site” says Holman.
The company sent a statement saying, “relative to the volumes of products transported, pipelines are extremely safe when compared to other modes of energy transportation.”