Kinder Morgan starts Burnaby work
Kinder Morgan employees start their work surveying Burnaby Mountain. (ADA SLIVINSKI/24 HOURS)
Kinder Morgan has begun surveying work in Burnaby for its proposed pipeline route as part of the planned twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
A release from the company says the work will "help determine the feasibility" of the new route. After opposition to examination of the land from the City of Burnaby, the National Energy Board ruled last week that "Trans Mountain has the power to enter into and on Burnaby land without Burnaby's agreement."
The survey and geotechnical work will take place between Aug. 27 and Sept. 30. According to the company's release, the majority of the work will be observational with minor surface disruption, but they will also be drilling "geotechnical boreholes in the Burnaby Mountain area," which according to the company is "in order to help determine whether routing the pipeline through Burnaby Mountain is feasible and which potential construction methodology would be most suitable."
The city's mayor, Derek Corrigan, is vocally opposed to the project and has said bylaw officers will be watching surveyors to see if they break any city bylaws.
Trans Mountain's Carey Johannesson, the project lead of regulatory and land, said the company is prepared to compensate the city and private landowners for any damages resulting from survey and examination work as per the National Energy Board's ruling. He said that three-quarters of the new proposed route goes through private land.