Kinder Morgan halts Burnaby work
Kinder Morgan's Burnaby facility. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)
Trans Mountain paused survey work Wednesday after the city issued a stop-work order in response to the company’s removal of trees in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area.
Backed by the National Energy Board, Kinder Morgan has been conducting feasibility work for its proposed route to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline. A spokesman from the company confirmed work was stopped on Wednesday for discussions with City of Burnaby officials, and a reassessment Thursday will determine if work will continue at that point. Burnaby had no new information to share as of Wednesday afternoon.
The two sides faced off Tuesday when the city directed Kinder Morgan to stop work because of plans to cut down trees, something not permitted by the city’s bylaws, said Mayor Derek Corrigan. A statement from the city’s legal counsel said it will seek a court ruling. Trans Mountain contends NEB legislation permits their work.
To date, the company has completed most of its environmental surveys with the area and is continuing preparatory safety work, such as brush clearing and tree removal, in areas identified for geophysical work, according to a press release. Seven trees and some underbrush have been removed to date and there is more work to be done to prepare the site for further study.