Pressure on Kinder Morgan mounts after energy board submission
Burnaby and the province have submitted lengthy requests for information in the Trans Mountain pipeline project. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
"Please provide information on the net profits generated by Trans Mountain compared to the risks left to be faced by the residents and businesses along the pipeline right-of-way in Burnaby." — City of Burnaby
Pressure is mounting on Kinder Morgan as Victoria has now posed 70 questions to the Texas-based company regarding its proposed twinning of an oil pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby.
On Monday night, Burnaby council received a 300-page report submitted to the National Energy Board requesting information from the company.
The same day, B.C.’s Ministry of the Environment submitted its questions, which it said deal with marine and land-based oil spills.
“Provincial experts have been reviewing Kinder Morgan's application since it was submitted to the National Energy Board in December 2013,” said the province in a news release. “The province's information requests cover areas such as spill response planning, capacity and standards, tanker requirements, personnel and training, and the company's emergency management program.”
Meanwhile, Burnaby’s requests touch on everything from construction concerns to direct questions about Kinder Morgan’s attitude towards the public.
“Does Trans Mountain believe that it has a lawful right to ignore the laws and statutes of the Province of British Columbia and the bylaws (for the) City of Burnaby, and to overturn the decision of the legal referendums undertaken by the citizens of Burnaby to protect these natural areas?” asked the city.
Burnaby also expressed concern about the route taken for the pipeline and spill response plans.
In 2007, a pipeline was ruptured by a construction crew, sending oil gushing over a Burnaby neighbourhood, and the city has said it is opposed to the twinning.
Scott Stoness, vice-president of regulatory affairs for Kinder Morgan Canada, said the company will respond to the questions by June 4, but wouldn’t respond to anything directly as the company wants to answer fully at the deadline.
“Interveners have full process rights to pose questions to the NEB and we are committed answering those questions within the regulatory progress,” said Stoness.