BROKE Town Halls scheduled as window for federal panel input closes

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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.”

“That’s why we’re bringing experts together – to help ensure that every Burnaby resident has the best information available to formulate their comments”, said Walmsley. “It’s really important to encourage anyone who hasn’t commented yet to submit their comments as soon as possible as we anticipate the Federal Government’s decision on the project by the end of the year.”

Town Halls:

September 21
Forest Grove Elementary School
8525 Forest Grove Drive, Burnaby – Unceded Coast Salish Territory.

Guest Speakers:

  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation: traditional welcome
  • Robyn Allan – Canadian economist, former CEO of ICBC and qualified expert Intervenor at Trans Mountain as well as an expert witness at Northern Gateway Hearings
  • Rueben George – Tsleil-Waututh Nation

September 28
Firefighters Banquet & Conference Centre
6515 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby – Unceded Coast Salish Territory

Guest Speakers:

  • Audrey Siegl – Musqueam Nation: traditional welcome
  • Seth Klein – Director, BC Office, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Kate Hodgson – formerly with Kids for Climate Action, now UBC student fighting for divestment from fossil fuels
  • City of Burnaby joint presentation with Dipak Dattani – Assistant Director Engineering and Chris Bowcock – Deputy Fire Chief

For residents who cannot attend either Town Hall, BROKE has sponsored an alternative process to express their concerns. Comments can be submitted online at Comments are sent directly to Prime Minister Trudeau, your MP & over 80 Federal, Provincial and Municipal politicians, including the Ministerial Panel.

“The majority of British Columbians & First Nations Peoples are opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, and hundreds who applied to participate at hearings were denied the opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Walmsley. “The appointment by the federal government of a 3-member panel of ministerial reps this past May, to consult with communities and First Nations along the route of the pipeline, has allowed more residents to express their concerns – but many who wanted to speak could not due to lack of time.”