Burnaby Now reports, “The public hearings have yet to start, but opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion is moving ahead.”
“Kinder Morgan is planning to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs oil from Alberta to Burnaby, where tankers can fill up with crude for overseas markets. …The Trans Mountain pipeline, which has been in place since the ’50s, can handle a maximum daily capacity of 300,000 barrels per day. If fully twinned, the line could transport up to 700,000 barrels per day. The line has an existing right-of-way, but the company has suggested the twin line may take another route.”
“The company has yet to apply to the National Energy Board for project approval but is proceeding with expansion plans. …Kinder Morgan has said there will be public hearings on the pipeline expansion but has not yet released any details about where or when they will be.”
“Fraser Valley residents are holding a public meeting on April 11 to share information and voice their worries. …The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford campus of the University of the Fraser Valley.”
“(Chilliwack resident Sheila) Muxlow said the ad hoc group of residents wants to gather sooner and share their concerns so that Kinder Morgan is not setting the agenda, especially given the recent cuts to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced in the March 29 federal budget.”
“The meeting will include presentations on the economy, ecology, First Nations rights, and health concerns, followed by a public discussion, Muxlow said.”
The Council of Canadians is opposed to the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.