Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline raises issue of Native-land grab

AN EMAIL SENT by the president of Kinder Morgan Canada to the B.C. premier’s office reveals in frank language the challenge for oil companies posed by First Nations opposing pipeline projects.

The existing Trans Mountain pipeline crosses fifteen Indian Reserves in BC and traverses the traditional territory of many more,reads a letter by Ian Anderson dated August 10, 2012. “Increasingly, our operations are affected by the many and complicated issues surrounding Aboriginal rights and title.”

It continues: “Liquefied petroleum pipelines such as Trans Mountain…have the added responsibility of addressing environmental risk of oil spill. These are not easy issues to resolve and, in some cases, may not be able to be resolved…despite our best efforts it is possible that we will not have agreements with all those affected.”

The email was published online by the provincial government in accordance with access-to-information legislation. Kinder Morgan Canada did not respond to a request for an interview.

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