The Trans Mountain expansion proposal submitted to B.C. Parks requests amendments to the boundaries of Finn Creek Park, North Thompson River Park, Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected Area (all three in vicinity north of Kamloops), and Bridal Veil Falls Park (east of Chilliwack). The amendments would take sections of the four parks to make way for the expansion of the current 1,150-kilometre pipeline corridor, which links Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby.
In its application, Kinder Morgan says it also intends to apply for a similar amendment to Coquihalla Summit Recreational Area, to allow for pipeline expansion. That application is expected in the fall.
The application to B.C. Parks is subject to a period of public consultation which opened Aug. 28 and will close Oct. 12. However, B.C. Parks is directing the majority of public input to Kinder Morgan at http://www.transmountain.com/bc-parks-application.
Those who wish to submit their comments directly to B.C. Parks can do so at www.env.gov.bc.ca and those comments will be shared with Kinder Morgan.
Kinder Morgan maintains that after the pipeline expansion is complete, the lands that were taken from each of the four parks may be returned to park or protected area status with pipeline operations authorized under a park use permit.
B.C. Parks will review the application and decide on each park separately. If the application is approved, B.C. Parks decision is still subject to the National Energy Boards approval of the Trans Mountain project.
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