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

Indigenous Chiefs enter battleground to stop Kinder Morgan pipeline

Jan 1, 2018  Battleground year for Indigenous chiefs  by Jon Manchester

The head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says First Nations are entering a battleground in 2018. In a New Year’s Day statement, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of Penticton, president of the UBCIC, says there is a “smoldering, undiminished sense of determination, inspiration and hope” as the group rails against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion….

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The expansion project could bring billions in new revenue, but it would also mean an increase in coast-to-port tanker traffic, and with that, an increased risk of oil spills. We follow a tanker as it threads the needle from Burnaby to the open ocean.

A link to The Globe and Mail multimedia presentation ‘Weigh Anchor’ on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, shipping routes and safety issues.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/kinder-morgan-trans-mountain-pipeline-bc-coast/article35043172/

WHAT’S FUELLING OUR ECONOMY: Is Kinder Morgan’s Proposed Pipeline Inconsistent with New Economic Trends and Realities?

Report Compiled by Liz McDowell, Tarah Stafford and Felicity Lawong

Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED)

November 2016

Executive Summary

British Columbia is leading economic growth in Canada, largely due to a diverse and thriving economy. Extractive industries, including oil and gas, play a surprisingly small role. The biggest sectors are real estate, construction and wholesale and retail trade.

Despite regional variation, Canada’s economy has some clear parallels to BC. Wholesale and retail trade and construction are thriving nationally, and the majority of the country’s jobs are found in wholesale and retail trade and the health sector, like in BC. Even before the price of oil began its steep decline in 2014, this sector was responsible for just 1% of employment across Canada, and provided very low tax contributions. It is the finance and insurance industries, as well as the manufacturing sector, that contribute the largest tax revenues toward social services.

The federal government has been faced with a difficult decision on whether or not to invest in the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Our analysis shows that the pipeline would create few jobs, minimal tax revenues and would not impact energy security or guarantee a long-term solution to Alberta’s ailing economy. The pipeline also comes with the additional concerns (and costs) of an oil spill. Beyond the direct clean-up costs, the indirect economic impacts would be long lasting, impacting sectors from tourism to agriculture.

It’s crucial that the federal government reject the KM pipeline and instead support sectors in BC that create family- sustaining jobs, make significant tax contributions, insulate the regional economy from boom-and-bust cycles, and promote economic growth compatible with Canada’s national climate commitments.

Our key findings:

  • BC Jobs: Technology, tourism, construction, film and television each create more jobs than oil, gas, and mining combined.
  • National trends are similar to BC: Oil and gas have a bigger role in Canada as a whole than in BC, but real estate, finance and manufacturing contribute more in federal corporate tax.
  • More people across Canada work in the beer economy than in the oil sands.
  • The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline would only create 50 permanent jobs and generate an insignificantamount of taxes federally and provincially in BC.
  • A large oil spill could have a $1.2 billion impact on BC’s economy.
  • Canada’s emissions growth between 1990 and 2014 was driven primarily by increased emissions from mining and upstream oil and gas production and transport. Now that Canada has committed to a national climate plan, emissions from extractive sectors must be taken into consideration when considering project approvals.
  • Labour market outlook: Neither activity nor employment in Canada’s oil and gas industry will recover to levels prior to 2014’s steep decline in the industry.

Read more: http://credbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Whats-Fuelling-Our-Economy_KM_WEB.pdf

How Canada’s pipeline watchdog secretly discusses “ticking time bombs” with industry

By Mike De Souza in News, Energy | July 5th 2016

Canada’s pipeline watchdog has given two of North America’s largest energy companies up to six months to fix what industry insiders have described as a series of “ticking time bombs.”

The National Energy Board waited eight years after U.S. regulators raised the alarm about substandard materials, finally issuing an emergency safety order in February. At least one Canadian pipeline with defective materials blew up during that period.

Newly-released federal documents show that Texas-based Kinder Morgan and Alberta-based Enbridge are both looking into the use of defective parts purchased from Thailand-based, Canadoil Asia, that recently went bankrupt. But the companies were not immediately able to say where they installed the dodgy parts. It’s a problem that also struck Alberta-based TransCanada, which had defective materials in its own pipelines, including one that blew up in 2013.

NEB finally orders safety review of substandard parts

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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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Big oil vs. big whale: Will pipeline trump iconic orca?

‘Species at risk’ designation could mean unique court challenge for NEB and Trans Mountain project

By Jason Proctor, CBC News

If you don’t live on the West Coast, perhaps it’s hard to appreciate just how poorly approving an oil pipeline at the expense of an endangered population of killer whales might play out.

To give it an Eastern perspective, it’s a bit like saying Bonhomme might have to die to make way for a new museum dedicated to Stephen Harper’s legacy.

In approving Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this week, the National Energy Board said it weighed the benefits of the project against its burdens.

Among the “adverse effects” deemed to be most “significant” were those likely to impact a population of about 80 southern resident killer whales found off the coast of Vancouver Island.

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West Coast Tells Ottawa: Reject Trans Mountain Expansion

The West Coast brought fighting words to Ottawa today, asking the federal government to deny final approval of the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

A delegation from Vancouver said it came to Ottawa to urge the government to “say a definitive no” to Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin its existing line from Alberta to British Columbia.

Meanwhile, Green Party leader Elizabeth May said she would be seeking a judicial review of the National Energy Board’s approval process.

The regulator recently approved the project, and it now waits final approval from Ottawa.

The delegation composed of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Chief Maureen Thomas from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Chief Ian Campbell from the Squamish Nation, and Councillor Howard Grant from the Musqueam Nation.

All the First Nations are located near Vancouver, and their representatives said the Liberal government’s actions on the pipeline would prove to be a test of its sincerity in reconciliation with First Nations.

“We are here representing our citizens on the West Coast; our consent is required on this project,” Robertson said. “The vast majority in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland do not support the Kinder Morgan expansion pipeline project.”

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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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