City will be a pipeline intervenor

The City of New Westminster will be an intervenor in hearings being conducted by the National Energy Board (NEB) on Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline.

As one of the possible alternate routes for the pipeline would run near the Brunette River as it makes its way across Metro Vancouver to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge terminal in North Burnaby, the city based its application to intervene on potential impacts to the local environment during construction or in case of a spill.

“In particular, the City has concerns over the potential impacts of the route on the Sapperton neighbourhood, the Braid industrial area and the Brunette River watershed,” said the application.

The NEB received more than 2,100 applications to participate in the hearings.

Of those, 400 were granted intervenor status.

They’ll be allowed to speak at the NEB hearings and ask questions of Kinder Morgan representatives.

More than 1,200 will be commenters, allowed to submit their statements in writing. Another 450 were rejected altogether.

The hearings begin in early 2015.

A decision on the $5.4 billion project that will triple the capacity of the pipeline to carry 890,000 barrels of oil a day from northern Alberta to Burnaby is expected that October.




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