BC PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS CODE OF ETHICS TO PROTECT LIFE SAFETY ON EVERY PROJECT

In November 2017, I believed Kinder Morgan’s Structural Engineer had overlooked significant deficiencies in the 1953 Oil Storage Tanks. My 6 Nov 2017 questionnaire wasn’t forwarded by KM Management to that Engineer. Kinder Morgan Management has blocked every attempt to identify and contact their Structural Engineer. In the process however, I have identified new and significant details of the EFR failure history and design details of the 1961 Tupras EFR & IFR tanks – important critical details overlooked by Kinder Morgan’s Structural Engineer. I will be submitting my request to the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC to investigate the Professional Engineers involved in the TMEP to expand the Burnaby Terminal and failure to investigate and address the Warnings to investigate sloshing failures in all pre1970s EFR tanks (ie. the Existing Burnaby Terminal 1953 EFR tanks).

FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS TO MITIGATE THE SEISMIC RISK OF THE EXISTING TANK FARM

Should Kinder Morgan/Trans Mountain choose to investigate all the apparent Critical Omissions and the FALSE seismic risk assessment in Appendix B2, the NEB should require Trans Mountain to:

  • reduce the maximum storage capacity of all the 1953 Tanks during the investigation to a level considered ‘safe’ by an independent structural engineer with experience analyzing EFR Tanks for sloshing failure in accordance with the 2008 WCEE Report by Yazici & Cili.

If Kinder Morgan/Trans Mountain chooses to eliminate the 1953 Tanks from the Expanded Burnaby Terminal, the NEB should require that Appendix B2 be amended to analyze and include the failure capacity analysis of the 3 1988 IFR Tanks.


All results from these additional analysis should be reviewed and require the approval of a NEW independent structural engineering committee appointed by the NEB.


Trans Mountain Corporation, Kinder Morgan Canada, Trans Mountain Canada Inc all be required to divulge seismic and fire risks of the Burnaby Terminal and the Fire Response Requirements to be provided to the City of Burnaby Fire Department, both for the Existing and Expanded Burnaby Terminal and ensure full co-ordination between all the affected parties.

Further information on Kinder Morgan Canada’s efforts to minimize the requirements of Canadian Codes and Standards to come.