From the City of Vancouver: The City of Vancouver has addressed the issue from many ends. Primarily, the city has submitted a series of questions in the form of an application. In the application submitted, the city of Vancouver states that the project will present “substantial increases in tanker traffic, land-based storage and transport of dilbit [heavy oil], all of which directly impact and increase risks to Vancouver’s economy, public health and safety, and the environment” (Hume, 2014). Vancouver had a reputation as being one of the most liveable cities in the world. It could lose this position because of the amount of tankers that are being sent in through the country. The tourism industry of Vancouver alone is valued as a $3.6-billion/year tourism. Adding to it, the most liveable status that has been given to Vancouver increases its commercial and residential property value also. The value is presented as having a worth of around $250-billion (Hume, 2014). Both the tourism industry and the value of the household and the residential property will suffer because of any issue that might arise in the increased tanker traffic. The increased tanker traffic by itself could lead to issues moreover. Spills in the form of accidents could lead to disruption in the form of use of the waterfront and the beach.
If per chance there was an oil spill and the port closes (this would be one of the risks of having the tankers run from field to port), then there would be losses to the Canadian economy in the amount of $20-million a day (Hume, 2014). The report clearly shows that the City of Vancouver wanted to mitigate some issues that would happen immediately and some risks to the environment whose chance of occurrence would increase. The City of Vancouver strives to reduce their carbon footprint by these efforts. The City Councillor was stated as saying “I’m proud Vancouver has taken a leadership role in saying we have to take climate change seriously. We have a commitment to reduce our greenhouse-gas footprint” (Hume, 2014). The City of North Vancouver has taken up the stance to fight the issues that would come with the oil transportation as they believe that it would contribute to increased noise pollution and change their existing property values. Other cities around Vancouver from the B.C province have also raised their concerns. Burnaby, Coquitlam and Surrey are the cities within the province of BC who also wants to raise their concerns about environmental impact.