Local residents stoppeded Kinder Morgan from working on Burnaby Mountain Conservation Forest this morning. Four company workers attempted to access the area where they had been clear cutting trees before the City of Burnaby shut their operation down on September 2. The Kinder Morgan workers abandoned the attempt after being “shouted out,” and tried to access by another route. When this failed, they left.
The Federal Government responded within 24 hours of Vancouver’s calling for a referendumon Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain expansion project. Not by ensuring BC residents can obtain a proper hearing before the National Energy Board – Vancouver’s complaint – but by announcing stiffer regulations for oil spills. The title for this episode of the Kinder Morgan saga should be “BC’s Pipelines: The Empire Strikes Back!” Continue reading BC’s Pipelines: The Empire Strikes Back!→
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May describes her experience as an intervenor in Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion application in a column called “The Twilight Zone” (page 3 of attached). She found most of the National Energy Board’s 15,000 page report “deliberately redundant and impenetrable. Some pages are repeated dozens of times, ditto maps and charts. Every presentation shown at any community hall is reproduced (even though the presentations were virtually identical.)” Kinder Morgan’s “tests” of dilbit (diluted bitumen) in salt water were so ludicrous that May entitled that section “Dilbit on the Comedy Channel.” Disturbing as her narrative is, it pales beside the questions the city of Vancouver is asking. Many are so basic that one is left wondering if there is any real information in the mountains of paperwork about this project. Has Kinder Morgan really done its homework? Continue reading Has Kinder Morgan Done its Homework?→
According to the City of Burnaby’s lawyer, Greg McDade, there will not be a real hearing on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline project. Despite the many public statements by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Christy Clark and Kinder Morgan, people opposing the project will not get an opportunity to properly present their case or to cross examine Kinder Morgan. They will submit written statements to the National Energy Board, with no assurance the panel will even read them. Continue reading There will not be a real Kinder Morgan Pipeline Hearing→