City of Burnaby Releases Video Detailing Reasons Kinder Morgan Route Should Not be Approved

News Release January 18, 2018

City of Burnaby to Participate in Kinder Morgan Pipeline Route Hearing, January 23-25

City also Releases Video Detailing Reasons Route Should Not be Approved From January 23 to 25, the City of Burnaby will participate in a National Energy Board hearing

regarding the proposed route of the Kinder Morgan pipeline through Burnaby.

“The federal government approved the pipeline, but they have not approved the route,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “Because of the damage and disruption it would cause to the City and Metro Vancouver’s environment, economy and neighbourhoods – in perpetuity – the City of Burnaby is determined to ensure that this route is never approved.”

For three days at the hearing, the City will demonstrate the significant and unacceptable financial, environmental and social risks inherent to Kinder Morgan’s proposed route through the City’s parks, watercourses and neighbourhoods. The City will also ask the Board to receive further evidence.

To ensure that everyone has access to information about the unacceptable impacts Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline route would have on the environment, economy and people, the City has produced a video that details many of these impacts. The video can be viewed here.

The video features: Mayor Derek Corrigan, Economist Robyn Allan and the City of Burnaby’s Director of Corporate Services, Dipak Dattani, detailing impacts the pipeline would have on the City and region’s economy, environment and citizens; footage of the Kinder Morgan oil spill that coated a north Burnaby neighbourhood with oil and made its way to Burrard Inlet in July 2007*; aerial footage showing where Kinder Morgan is proposing to put its pipeline through parks and neighbourhoods in the City and the planned expansion of its marine terminal in Burrard Inlet, for which Kinder Morgan has already placed a razor wire fence and begun pile driving, damaging the sensitive Burrard Inlet habitat and impacting surrounding residents.

Footage on specific topics can be accessed as follows:

00:49 Lack of Opportunities for Citizen Engagement
03:05 In Burnaby, this is not a Pipeline Twinning. It is an Entirely New Line
05:04 The Proposed Route would have Significant Environmental Impacts
07:45 Footage of 2007 Kinder Morgan Oil Spill in Burnaby
09:15 Alternative Routes were not Appropriately Considered
13:42 The Risks of Having this Pipeline Built through a Densely Populated Area
15:55 The Pipeline will not give the Economic Benefits to Burnaby, British Columbia, or Canada that

Kinder Morgan Promises
17:48 This Pipeline and Route are the Result of a Flawed Review Process
19:55 Aerial View of Approximate Proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline Route through Burnaby

The Detailed Route Hearing will be held at the Delta Hotel, at 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby, from January 22-31 and from March 12-22, with Burnaby scheduled to participate from January 23-25. Additional information about the hearing can be found on the National Energy Board’s website, where a livestreaming link will also be posted during the hearing.

(*footage of Kinder Morgan’s 2007 oil spill in Burnaby provided by Shawn Soucy, Spirit Media.) Video produced by Pure Souls Media

For further information, contact: Office of the Mayor Mayor@burnaby.ca

BROKE Town Halls scheduled as window for federal panel input closes

2-town-hallsWith the Kinder Morgan TMX Panel deadline to voice concerns about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion fast approaching, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) has organized two more town halls for residents to learn about the risks associated with the project.

“We only have a few weeks to voice our concerns to the Ministerial Panel examining the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project,” said BROKE spokesperson Ruth Walmsley. “The deadline for online submissions is September 30.”Read more…

City of Vancouver launches judicial review of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion

City of Vancouver

News Release

June 20, 2016

City launches judicial review of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion

The City of Vancouver has filed with the Federal Court of Appeal an application for a judicial review of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decision to conditionally recommend Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project (the “Project”), citing that it is both invalid and unlawful. Throughout the NEB review process, the City and many other intervenors have raised significant concerns about its flawed process which excluded any opportunities for oral cross-examination of experts and evidence, provided inadequate information sharing and failed to properly consult affected communities along the pipeline and tanker route.

“An expanded Kinder Morgan pipeline is not in Vancouver or Canada’s economic or environmental interest,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The National Energy Board failed to properly and thoroughly consult local communities on the pipeline and tanker route, ignoring key pieces of scientific evidence showing the potential for real and catastrophic damage to local waters in the event of an oil spill, and the impact of an expanded pipeline on greenhouse gas emissions both locally and abroad. Vancouver still has significant concerns about Kinder Morgan’s expansion and we’ve concluded it’s simply not worth the risk to our environment or economy.”

In the application, the City outlines that the NEB failed to comply with the requirements of the NEB Act by ignoring key pieces of evidence submitted by the City as part of the process which supported the City’s position that:

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Ecojustice launches legal challenge to NEB approval of Kinder Morgan Expansion

Environmental groups launch court challenge over NEB’s Kinder Morgan report

Kinder Morgan recommendation puts one of Canada’s most iconic endangered species, the Southern Resident killer whale, at risk of harm

VANCOUVER – The National Energy Board (NEB) broke the law when it failed to apply the Species at Risk Act in its final report on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project, environmental groups say.

Ecojustice lawyers, representing Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, have filed for a judicial review of the NEB’s report that recommended the federal Cabinet approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  The groups argue that the NEB’s report is unlawful and used an overly narrow interpretation of the law to avoid addressing harm to Southern Resident killer whales and their critical habitat.

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