News Release: Burnaby Townhall Meeting

Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7 PM to inform residents about Kinder Morgan’s plan to build a new pipeline that will ship crude bitumen from Alberta to Burrard Inlet.

“We want to see the threat of toxic spills reduced, not increased,” said Karl Perrin of BROKE. “Hosting a Town Hall meeting allows us to get some very knowledgeable people in front of concerned Burnaby residents.”

“A lot of people are assuming that the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline through Burnaby is business as usual, but there are some differences that significantly elevate the environmental risks to our community,” said Karl.

In fact:

• Instead of light crude, the pipeline will carry dirty oil from the tar sands diluted in a toxic mix of chemicals that are not publicly disclosed for proprietary reasons

• To move the bitumen and chemical slurry Kinder Morgan will have to ship it using intense heat and pressure, both of which elevate the risk of catastrophic pipeline failures

• Pipeline capacity will more than double, necessitating a dramatic expansion of storage tank capacity on Burnaby Mountain

• Increased pipeline capacity will result in enormous oil tankers in Burrard Inlet and the Georgia Basin

• Bitumen spills pose a significant problem because bitumin sinks after the condensate evaporates and cannot be cleaned from the rivers or ocean floor – a “minor” spill of semi-refined crude oil on Inlet Drive near the Barnet Highway five years ago is still being “cleaned up”

• The closure of the Canada Coast Guard station on Kitsilano Point will mean slower response times for spills in Burrard Inlet and English Bay

• Federal requirements to ensure our environment is protected have been gutted; decision making regarding pipeline projects has been removed from the National Energy Board by a government determined to export Canadian resources and jobs to Asian markets

“If you live in Burnaby, you are either directly affected by this proposed pipeline expansion, or you know somebody who is,” said Mary Hatch of BROKE. “Do we really want to put our community at risk for the benefit of Texas billionaires?”

Each part of Kinder Morgan’s planned expansion requires careful public consideration and debate because of the health and safety risks to people and the environment.

Get the facts on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7 PM at the Confederation Seniors’ Centre, 4585 Albert (near Willingdon, Burnaby, B.C.)

Speakers include :

• Rueben George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
• Mary Hatch, BROKE
• Kennedy Stewart, MP Burnaby North
• Derek Corrigan, Mayor, City of Burnaby
• Sven Biggs/Ben West, Tanker Free BC/Wilderness Committee

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Background:

The Town Hall meeting is hosted by the Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE). This is the first of a series of events and meetings designed to inform and engage the citizens of Burnaby and the Lower Mainland. BROKE is an autonomous organization working with several environmental organizations and groups.

Spokespersons:

Karl Perrin E-mail: perrink@shaw.ca, 604-872-7326, 778-887-7395
Elsie Dean E-mail: ewdean@telus.net, 604-294-5834

BROKE Website at www.brokepipelinewatch.ca (under construction)

For a map of the existing pipeline, go to http://kennedystewart.ndp.ca/download/2968/trans_mountain_pipeline_route…

To review the National Energy Board’s Pipeline Regulation In Canada: A Guide for Landowners and the Public go to http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rthnb/pblcprtcptn/pplnrgltncnd/pplnrglt…

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Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7 PM to inform residents about Kinder Morgan’s plan to build a new pipeline that will ship crude bitumen from Alberta to Burrard Inlet.

“We want to see the threat of toxic spills reduced, not increased,” said Karl Perrin of BROKE. “Hosting a Town Hall meeting allows us to get some very knowledgeable people in front of concerned Burnaby residents.”

“A lot of people are assuming that the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline through Burnaby is business as usual, but there are some differences that significantly elevate the environmental risks to our community,” said Karl.

In fact:

• Instead of light crude, the pipeline will carry dirty oil from the tar sands diluted in a toxic mix of chemicals that are not publicly disclosed for proprietary reasons

• To move the bitumen and chemical slurry Kinder Morgan will have to ship it using intense heat and pressure, both of which elevate the risk of catastrophic pipeline failures

• Pipeline capacity will more than double, necessitating a dramatic expansion of storage tank capacity on Burnaby Mountain

• Increased pipeline capacity will result in enormous oil tankers in Burrard Inlet and the Georgia Basin

• Bitumen spills pose a significant problem because bitumin sinks after the condensate evaporates and cannot be cleaned from the rivers or ocean floor – a “minor” spill of semi-refined crude oil on Inlet Drive near the Barnet Highway five years ago is still being “cleaned up”

• The closure of the Canada Coast Guard station on Kitsilano Point will mean slower response times for spills in Burrard Inlet and English Bay

• Federal requirements to ensure our environment is protected have been gutted; decision making regarding pipeline projects has been removed from the National Energy Board by a government determined to export Canadian resources and jobs to Asian markets

“If you live in Burnaby, you are either directly affected by this proposed pipeline expansion, or you know somebody who is,” said Mary Hatch of BROKE. “Do we really want to put our community at risk for the benefit of Texas billionaires?”

Each part of Kinder Morgan’s planned expansion requires careful public consideration and debate because of the health and safety risks to people and the environment.

Get the facts on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7 PM at the Confederation Seniors’ Centre, 4585 Albert (near Willingdon, Burnaby, B.C.)

Speakers include :

• Rueben George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
• Kennedy Stewart, MP Burnaby North
• Derrick Corrigan, Mayor, City of Burnaby
• Sven Biggs/Ben West, Tanker Free BC/Wilderness Committee
• Mary Hatch, BROKE

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Background:

The Town Hall meeting is hosted by the Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE). This is the first of a series of events and meetings designed to inform and engage the citizens of Burnaby and the Lower Mainland. BROKE is an autonomous organization working with several environmental organizations and groups.

Spokespersons:

Karl Perrin E-mail: perrink@shaw.ca, 604-872-7326, 778-887-7395
Elsie Dean E-mail: ewdean@telus.net, 604-294-5834

BROKE Website at www.brokepipelinewatch.ca (under construction)

For a map of the existing pipeline, go to http://kennedystewart.ndp.ca/download/2968/trans_mountain_pipeline_route_map.pdf

To review the National Energy Board’s Pipeline Regulation In Canada: A Guide for Landowners and the Public go to http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rthnb/pblcprtcptn/pplnrgltncnd/pplnrgltncnd-eng.pdf

First Nation opposes pipeline expansion

Author
JENNIFER MOREAU
Picture: Save the Fraser: Gabriel George, a traditional speaker with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, leads a ceremony prior to the nation’s signing of the Save the Fraser declaration. The document reaffirms Tsleil-Waututh opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, which will run through the nation’s traditional territory in Burnaby.
Photograph by: James Maclennan , SPECIAL TO THE BURNABY NOWA First Nation with traditional territory in Burnaby took another stance against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion this past weekend.

On behalf of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, elected chief Justin George signed a declaration to save the Fraser River on Saturday, reaffirming the group’s opposition to the proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

“We see the risks in this way too high,” George told the NOW.

The pipeline ships oil from Alberta to Burnaby, where tankers fill up with crude at the Westridge Marine Terminal in the Burrard Inlet inside the nation’s traditional territory.

According to George, the nation is concerned about the day-to-day operation of the pipeline, the proposed expansion and the associated increase in tanker traffic.

“The Vancouver port is challenging to navigate,” George said. “It’s called the Second Narrows for a reason – because it’s narrow. – We see human error as inevitable. In terms of an accident, we don’t think ‘if,’ we think ‘when?'”

The Trans Mountain pipeline transports up to 300,000 barrels of oil per day, but Kinder Morgan wants to increase capacity to 750,000 barrels by adding a twin line. The Tsleil-Waututh reserve is in North Vancouver, across the water from the Westridge Marine Terminal, but the group has traditional territory all around the inlet.

Tsleil-Waututh means people of the inlet, and the nation has a saying: “When the tide went out, the table was set.”

“As a young boy, we could harvest the clams, the cockles, the oysters,” George said. “Today, the Burrard Inlet is a complete dead zone for shellfish.”

George blamed major industry, especially oil, for the pollution and loss of edible shellfish.

Before signing the declaration on Saturday, the nation also hosted a traditional ceremony, with various business, environmental and First Nations groups as invited guests.

“For us, it’s about educating the public and creating awareness

about the proposal that’s in our territory and Greater Vancouver,” George said.

George seemed confident the nation could stop the project.

“We have aboriginal rights and title, and we’ll ensure those are respected and upheld in the process,” he said. “We have inherent rights to self-government; we’ve never deeded or ceded the land. – We don’t see any monetary value that can compensate the risks that are associated with this project.”

Kinder Morgan spokesperson Lexa Hobenshield confirmed

that the existing and proposed twin pipeline is in the traditional territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

“We are just getting underway with an open and thorough engagement along the route and marine corridor with aboriginal groups, landowners, communities and stakeholders,” she wrote in an email to the NOW. “We value our relationships with aboriginal groups in whose territories we operate and recognize and appreciate that aboriginal groups’ interests and responsibilities are unique. We are committed to open, transparent dialogue and mutually beneficial working relationships.”

Hobenshield said the company believes that engagement with aboriginal governments and peoples is important for ongoing operations and new projects.

“We have been seeking the opportunity to meet with Tsleil-Waututh for some time now. While they have advised they are not ready to meet with us yet, we stand ready to provide information to them and to meet with them at any time,” Hobenshield said. “We recognize that there will be some opposition to our project. This is about a balance of interests. We are committed to an extensive and thorough engagement on all aspects of the project with communities along the proposed route and marine corridors.”

Hobenshield said that results from the public hearing process will be the basis of Kinder Morgan’s application to the National Energy Board, which will determine if the project is in the public’s interest.

jmoreau@burnabynow.com

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