Kinder Morgan public information sessions

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As many of us know, Kinder Morgan has now begun holding “public information sessions” in a number of BC communities along the Trans Mountain pipeline route. Not surprisingly, the recent session held in North Vancouver was severely lacking in the information department—the company is not even offering detailed community-level maps of the route through local neighbourhoods.

Instead of providing meaningful dialogue about their controversial pipeline proposal, these sessions are being used by the company as a sort of “focus group” to gauge support and opposition. It’s a way to help formulate a better strategy to sell the idea to the public when the company eventually applies to the National Energy Board (NEB) at the end of next year.

People need to understand that these sessions are not part of a government assessment process. Kinder Morgan has yet to provide details of their plan to the NEB, and when they do, there will be a federal review (and potentially a provincial one as well, depending on the outcome of next year’s election).

That said, we still need to keep the pressure on Kinder Morgan and use every opportunity we can to let this company know how strongly we feel that this project should not go ahead!! There are several “info sessions” coming up in other BC communities. JOIN IN and help share the other side to Kinder Morgan’s story, and to counter their false claims about pipeline safety, jobs and community engagement.

Here are the details about the upcoming sessions in the Lower Mainland, many dates and locations have yet to be determined:

13 November 2012 East Vancouver Info Session – Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Hastings Room (2901 East Hastings Street) – drop in from 5pm-8pm

15 November 2012 Downtown Vancouver Info Session – Harbour Centre, Segal Hall (515 West Hastings Street) – drop in from 5pm-8pm

17 November 2012 West Point Grey Info Session – Aberthau Mansion (4397 West 2nd Ave) – drop in from 5pm-8pm

17 November 2012 Abbotsford Info Session – Sandman Hotel (32720 Simon Avenue) – drop in from 1pm-4pm

20 November 2012 Coquitlam Info Session – Centennial Secondary School, Courtyard (570 Poirier Street) – drop in from 5pm-8pm

21 November 2012 Surrey Info Session – Ellendale Elementary School (14525 110A Avenue) – drop in from 5pm-8pm

22 November 2012 Langley Info Session – Walnut Grove Secondary School (8919 Walnut Grove Drive) – drop in from 5pm-8pm

November 26 – December 02 2012 Chilliwack Info Session – Location, Date & Time TBC

November 26 – December 02 2012 Hope Info Session – Location, Date & Time TBC

November 26 – December 02 2012 Abbotsford Info Session – Location, Date & Time TBC

IT would be great if some PIPE UP folks would be interested to hang outside these events, supplementing the company’s information with maps and resources of our own, including the BLUE DROP symbol and potentially a table for ‘Disillusionment Counseling’ after people go through their sessions or a photo booth where we can take a photo of folks with a message for Kinder Morgan and help share it on Social Media. PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN US to ask the tough questions and add your voice to the growing opposition to this project!

**Just remember, if you do attend, don’t “sign in” or fill out one of the company’s consultation forms. These could be counted by Kinder Morgan as part of the “consultation” requirement for their formal application to the government—and we don’t want to add false legitimacy to this process.**

Let’s remind Kinder Morgan that our communities and coastlines are not for sale!

For the full list of info sessions and locations please visit: http://www.tankerfreebc.org/kinder_morgan_open_houses