Poll shows homebuyers and pipelines don’t mix
A poll commissioned by the federal NDP says people in B.C. don't want to buy homes next to pipelines. This pipeline was ruptured by a construction crew in Burnaby in 2007 spilling oil throughout the neighbourhood. (FILE PHOTO)
A new poll shows 68% of Metro Vancouver residents would not purchase property next to an oil pipeline.
MP Kennedy Stewart, the NDP science and technology critic, said the poll was commissioned after residents in Burnaby, where a pipeline was ruptured and coated the area with oil in 2007, complained.
“People came in and said they were trying to sell their homes and they couldn’t sell them,” he said. “Real estate agents had told them, ‘it’s because the pipeline route goes through your neighbourhood.’”
Stewart said real estate agents reluctantly confirmed the claim.
The poll was commissioned by the federal NDP and conducted by Angus Reid from Nov. 13-15, surveying 803 people in the region. It had a margin of error of +/- 3.4%.
It showed 68% of people polled would have strong reservations or definitely not buy a home next to a pipeline.
Around the province the southern Interior and Vancouver Island polled roughly the same numbers while in northern B.C. 60% said they wouldn’t buy next to a pipeline.
Real estate agent John Grasty, however, didn’t think a home being near a pipeline would affect the property’s desirability more than already existing factors.
“(It would affect) As much as it would living beside hydro wires, I would imagine, or train tracks,” he said.
Kinder Morgan has proposed a twinning of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which would see a new line built through Burnaby.