The number of oil tankers in Washington waters could increase nearly sevenfold under a proposal by a Canadian pipeline company to expand the amount of crude oil it sends to the Pacific Coast.

The number of oil tankers in Washington waters could increase nearly sevenfold under a proposal by a Canadian pipeline company to expand the amount of crude oil it sends to the Pacific Coast.

Kinder Morgan Canada filed a formal application with Canadian regulators this month to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline that carries crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to the Vancouver, B.C. area.

Under the proposal, up to 34 tankers a month could be loaded with oil at a terminal outside Vancouver, travel east of San Juan Island and through the Strait of Juan de Fuca for export to markets in Asia and the U.S. That’s up from about five tankers a month now.

The $5.4 billion expansion project would increase pipeline capacity from about 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

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