Oil-tanker traffic is expected to increase in Washington waters under an expansion proposal by a Canadian pipeline company.

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Originally published Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

State waters might see more oil-tanker traffic
Oil-tanker traffic is expected to increase in Washington watersunder an expansion proposal by a Canadian pipeline company.

By Lynda V. Mapes
Seattle Times staff reporter

Oil-tanker traffic in Washington waters is set to increase under a proposal floated by Canadian energy giant Kinder Morgan.

The company earlier this month announced that so much interest was expressed by potential customers in long-term purchase contracts for Canadian tar-sands oil that it is bumping up the proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline announced last year.

The company said this month it wants to increase its pipeline capacity from 750,000 barrels per day announced last April to 890,000 barrels per day.

That translates to a big jump from its current capacity of 300,000 barrels per day, and an increase in tankers transiting the Salish Sea from five a month to up to 34 a month, if the expansion is approved, said Michael Davies, director of marine development for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

~ by fredfelleman on February 11, 2013.

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