VANCOUVER -- The City of Vancouver is urging the federal government to take a broader look at greenhouse gas emissions when considering the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
City manager Sadhu Johnston has written a letter to Environment and Climate Change Canada saying the department should look at downstream emissions created from processing, refining, transporting and consuming the pipeline's oil when assessing environmental impact.
Kinder Morgan wants to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline that carries diluted bitumen from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., increasing the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.
The federal environment ministry will consider the upstream emissions, created by drilling and exploration, but Johnston's letter says downstream emissions would be much larger and both aspects need to be considered to understand the project's full impact.
The letter notes a report by Simon Fraser University professor Mark Jaccard that found the upstream emissions from an expanded pipeline would be about 7.7 million tonnes per year, while downstream emissions would be about 71.1 million tonnes per year.
Kinder Morgan couldn't be reached for comment.
Ottawa is expected to release a decision on the project by December.