My Concern that Kinder Morgan’s Structural Engineer hadn’t assessed any of the possible deficiencies of the existing tanks in the proposed TMEP Expansion of the Burnaby Terminal.
6 NOV 2017 “Questionnaire (Report) couriered to Kinder Morgan Canada, Calgary, Alberta – attention: VPresident Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Report title: “Seismic Risk to Upgrade 12 Existing Floating Roof Storage Tanks“. Report highlighted apparent, serious structural concerns about the 1953 Oil Storage Tanks that Kinder Morgan would retained in the Expanded Burnaby Terminal. I requested that the Structural Engineer responsible for the Tank Farm Expansion design review the concerns and respond back in writing. (Normal procedure to address any concerns first to the Structural Engineer responsible for the design).
Copy of Questionaire: file:///C:/Users/g-dun/Documents/KINDER%20MORGAN%20PIPELINE%20EXPANSION/6%20NOV%202017%20REPORT%20COURIERED%20TO%20KM/SEISMIC%20RISK%20TO%20UPGRADE%2012%20EXISTING%20FLOATING-ROOF%20STORAGE%20TANKS%20HTML%20CORR.html
Kinder Morgan ignored my Questionnaire/Report and the 26 Nov 2017 deadline to verify they were reviewing the concerns. With no response, I forwarded the same list of concerns to the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EG BC) Director, Professional Practice, Standards and Development, Mr Peter Mitchell, PEng. Mr Mitchell phoned Kinder Morgan’s Head Office in Calgary. Kinder Morgan Canada’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Hugh Harden, P.Eng., apparently reviewed and responded to the EG BC in early Dec 2017.
KINDER MORGAN MANAGEMENT REPLY
Instead of forwarding it to their Structural Engineer, Mr Harden responded to some of the structural engineering concerns to Mr. Mitchell. Mr. Harden isn’t registered as a structural engineer, but still disputed the validity of my structural concerns, refused to identify their Structural Engineer (Responsible for design of the Burnaby Terminal Expansion) and refused to forward my Nov 2017 Report to that Engineer to assess and respond.
Kinder Morgan never replied back to me except a copy in late Dec of the early Dec email response to the EG BC, sent anonymously to me. Mr. Mitchell identified Mr. Harden as the email author. However Mr. Harden is registered in BC as a Pipeline Engineer and not qualified to respond to structural engineering issues.
Examples of Mr. Harden’s email responses:
- Mr. Harden defined tank failure as “damage to the lower shell courses of the large storage tanks, resulting in a loss of primary containment.” Mr. Harden’s definition is a closed (IFR) Tank wall compression failure, not the EFR Tank sloshing failure mode, the cause of the 1999 Tupras Refinery Tank Farm 5-day fire.
- Mr. Harden also stated “The focus of the risk assessment is structural failure resulting in loss of primary containment, rather than sloshing effects”. Again Mr. Harden is only recognizing the compression failure of IFR Tanks and ignoring the sloshing failure mode of EFR Tanks. (Sloshing can occur in both EFR & IFR Tanks under earthquake loading.)
- Mr. Harden also dismissed the significance of the 1999 Kocaeli Earthquake EFR tank failures & intense fire but didn’t comment on the PEERC Warnings that “damage observed to the Tupras refinery would not be unexpected at refineries of a similar age that are located on the West Coast of the US.”
MAJOR ERRORS IN TRANS MOUNTAIN’S TMEP SEISMIC RISK ASSESSMENT – APPENDIX B2
Mr. Harden claimed in Jan 2018 that Trans Mountain’s Appendix B2 – Burnaby Terminal Expansion Risk Assessment Report included the Seismic Risk of both the New and Existing Oil Storage Tanks. Kinder Morgan has repeated this claim to validate their TMEP Section 11 Hazard Consequence Assessment Results, Section 13 Individual Risk Results and the combined and individual risk envelop figures. MR. HARDEN’S CLAIM ISN’T TRUE. Appendix B2 Seismic Risk Assessment only analyzes the NEW Tanks designed to the Current 2015 NBC Seismic Load Requirements! (Further discussion under Menu Tab “Major Error in TMEP Appendix B2 Seismic Risk Assessment”.)
Trans Mountain’s fatally flawed TMEP Appendix B2 identifies only 1 seismic risk – a tank explosion during an Earthquake! This could only be possible if all the storage tanks were NEW IFRs. Kinder Morgan and their Structural Engineer chose to ignore both the apparent 1953 existing tank deficiencies and the Kocaeli Earthquake Warning to check Pre1970 EFR for seismic failure by sloshing in a Code Level Earthquake.
EG BC DECISION TO PASS JURISDICTION FOR BC ENGINEER’S RIGHT TO PRACTICE AND FOR ETHICS TO HOLD LIFE SAFETY PARAMOUNT – ‘PASSED ON’ TO NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD
Apparently, the EG BC decided in Mar 2018 to believe Kinder Morgan’s rebuttal that the EG BC didn’t have jurisdiction over a BC Engineer’s qualifications to practice on this Project but the National Energy Board did. (Although I requested a copy of Kinder Morgan’s statements to the EG BC, none was provided.)
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASES TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE PROJECT
Canada’s Federal Government purchased the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project in the Fall of 2018. I assumed Kinder Morgan Canada no longer owned the Structural Drawings for the Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm Expansion – the Federal Government had access to Tank Farm drawings!
MEETING WITH MR. TERRY BEECH, MP FOR BURNABY NORTH SEYMOUR
At this point, SFU’s Professors Emeritus Dr. John Clague, Mr. David Huntley and I approached Mr. Terry Beech, the Liberal Member of Parliament for Burnaby North Seymour Riding – representing the Burnaby Residents near the Existing Tank Farm and Burnaby parents with children in the local elementary school and Burnaby Staff and Students, etc at SFU. At our meeting on 23 Nov 2018 with Terry and his assistant, I presented my Sep 2018 Report and described my Structural Concerns with the 1953 tanks. Dr. Clague described the Greater Vancouver earthquake risks. The outcome of our meeting – Terry proposed to ask questions in Parliament to the Minister about the existing tanks. I would follow up Access To Information Requests to the Federal Government. That was the last we heard from Mr. Beech. His assistant did follow up to discuss his query to National Resources Canada and up to May 2019, we discussed my suggestion that Terry apply an ATI Request for the engineer’s name. That was the last contact – no questions in Parliament and no ATI Request. In fairness, Terry was expected to be a Government Team player in Ottawa while representing the Burnaby North Seymour constituents in Ottawa. He couldn’t represent the Public around the tank farm and remain a team player.
ATI REQUESTS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR TANK FARM DESIGN ENGINEER
Trans Mountain Corporation became a subsidiary of a Federal Government Crown Corporation in the Fall, 2018 to oversee the TMEP. As a division of a Crown Corporation, Trans Mountain Corp (TMC) were now subject to Federal Access to Information (ATI) legislation with access to Kinder Morgan’s Structural Engineer’s identity. I started to submit ATI Requests to various Federal Crown Corporations, locating Trans Mountain Corp as the controlling government department. My 24 Jan 2019 ATI Request to TMC was extended a further 30 days and received the ATI Response on 25 Mar 2019.
TRANS MOUNTAIN CORP/TRANS MOUNTAIN CANADA INC RESPONSE
KINDER MORGAN CANADA EMPLOYEES STILL CONTROL ACCESS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION DOCUMENTS
Mr. Hugh Harden, PEng Chief Operating Officer Kinder Morgan Canada also works for Trans Mountain Canada Inc in the Trans Mountain Corp Calgary Office. Mr. Rob Van Walleghem QC in charge of Trans Mountain Corp Access to Information Department also works for Kinder Morgan Canada.
The Federal Government may have purchased the Trans Mountain Pipeline for $ 4.5 BILLION but Kinder Morgan Canada, aka Trans Mountain Canada Inc, aka Trans Mountain Corp still control all access to information. The so called Federal Government Corporation overseeing Trans Mountain doesn’t control the Project. Are there any Government Employees on Staff? Kinder Morgan’s “reason” for keeping the name of their Structural Engineer confidential is to protect Kinder Morgan’s engineering staff from investigations for engineering malpractice and keep Kinder Morgan’s reputation in-tact. This is not an ethical company ensuring the safety of their operations to protect the Public living beside their Tank Farms.
FURTHER MEETINGS WITH POLITICIANS, CITY OF BURNABY AND SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
4 Mar 2019 – Dr. Clague, David Huntley and I met with Burnaby Mayor Hurley, Burnaby Fire Chief Mr Joe Robertson and Mr. Dipak Dattani, Director Corporate Services. We discussed Kinder Morgan’s Existing Tank Farm and its existing, possibly serious seismic risk. We’ve kept in contact after the meeting.
11 Mar 2019 – Dr. Clague, David Huntley and I met with SFU’s Mr. Mark Lalonde and Ms. Laura Vajanto, Department of Safety and Risk Services. We discussed Kinder Morgan’s Existing Tank Farm and its existing, possibly serious seismic risk and inquired about SFU’s Emergency Fire Response and Emergency Access and Evacuation Planning which could be compromised by the earthquake failure of 1953 EFR tanks and ignite a serious fire.
18 Mar 2019 – Dr. Clague, David Huntley and I met with Mr. Svend Robinson, NDP Candidate for Burnaby North Seymour for the 2019 Federal Election. We discussed Kinder Morgan’s Existing Tank Farm and its existing, possibly serious seismic risk plus the possibility that Kinder Morgan’s silence about possible seismic risks for their Existing Tank Farm created issues for SFU’s Emergency Response, etc to resolve. Mr. Robinson suggesting holding a press conference at the Tank Farm Site, outreaches to the Media and followed up with his own meetings with the Burnaby Mayor and SFU. Mr. Karl Perrin, a spokesperson for B.R.O.K.E and resident of UniverCity beside SFU joined our meetings with Mr. Robinson. The Press Conference on 30 Apr 2019 was covered by local print media including Burnaby Now and Metro, Global TV and CBC Radio First Edition. We have on-going contact with Mr. Robinson. (Disclosure: I volunteered in the 1990s as a driver on E-Day for Svend Robinson’s election campaigns in a different Burnaby Federal Riding. I’m working on his campaign in my riding, delivering lawn signs, a driver for the advance polls and E-Day, at the same time I’m working to produce this website. Also no foreign (or Canadian) environmental organizations have contributed to my investigations or this website on Kinder Morgan’s Existing Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm)
3 May 2019 – David Huntley and I met with Ms. Katrina Chen, MLA for the Provincial Burnaby-Lougheed Riding which includes the Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm. We discussed Kinder Morgan’s Existing Tank Farm and its existing, possibly serious seismic risk.
KINDER MORGAN’S LAST COMMUNICATION IS FROM TASHA @TRANSMOUNTAIN
Odd that Kinder Morgan would send their final words ‘explaining’ their understanding of the existing terminal seismic risk from someone without a last name, without a disclosable position in the company and with no way of verifying their qualifications to comment on one of many structural engineering design omissions and errors………..?????