PIPE UP is engaging in the BC municipal elections by attending All Candidates Meetings to ask questions about pipeline and climate issues in the Fraser Valley. We are also distributing surveys to all election candidates in Surrey, Langley Township, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and the FVRD that will help us create a candidate report card to distribute to voters.

We hope you will join us at All Candidate Meetings in your respective communities and ask questions of your candidates' views on the Kinder Morgan pipeline. If you do make it out to a meeting, let us know if you asked a question or heard an interesting comment. Below are listed some question ideas to put to your candidates, although please feel free to create your own:

  1. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is proposed to cut through [municipality] and impact citizens, municipal employees, and the environment. The consultation process has limited the number of residents whose voices can be heard. How familiar are you with the project and how would you work to engage residents with the process to ensure that their concerns are represented to the National Energy Board?

  2. Do you think that Kinder Morgan should have the right to ignore municipal bylaws such as the not permitted cutting of trees in the Burnaby Conservation Area?

  3. What should Council’s responsibility be for dealing with climate change?

  4. Surrey, Langley Township, Abbotsford, and the FVRD are intervenors in the National Energy Board review process for the Kinder Morgan pipeline. According to Kinder Morgan’s emergency response plan released publicly on Oct. 17, municipal first responders would be relied upon to respond to an oil spill from the existing Kinder Morgan pipeline or proposed expansion project. How would you work on Council to protect first responder and public safety in regard to this proposed project

  5. There are 23 schools in the Lower Mainland within 200 m of the existing 60 year old Kinder Morgan pipeline, which is now proposed to be expanded through the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.  What risks do you think the children of [municipality] face if pipelines carrying tar sands bitumen run through or adjacent to their school grounds?

  6. Do you support an oil pipeline that runs through or near school grounds?

  7. What concerns, if any, do you have about the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposed to be built through [municipality]?

  8. What is your knowledge of existing oil spill response financing and training for emergency responders within the municipality?

We hope to see you out at some of the All Candidates Meetings, here is a table of dates for the Fraser Valley meetings:

Abbotsford Non Profit Council All Candidates Meeting

10/21/2014 19:00:00

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

Surrey School Trustees Candidate Meeting

10/22/2014 18:45:00

Surrey District Education Centre

Abbotsford Non Profit Mayoral All Candidates Meeting

10/23/2014 19:00:00

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

Surrey Mayoral Candidates Forum

10/23/2014 19:00:00

SFU Surrey

Surrey Councillor Candidates Forum

10/27/2014 18:30:00

SFU Surrey

Chilliwack All Candidates Meeting

10/28/2014 12:30:00

Best Western Rainbow Country Inn

Langley All Candidates Meeting

10/28/2014 19:00:00

Langley Events Centre

Surrey Candidates Business Dialogue

10/29/2014 17:30:00

Eaglequest Golf Course

Abbotsford All Candidates Meeting

10/29/2014 19:00:00

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

Abbotsford Mayoral All Candidates Meeting

10/30/2014 19:00:00

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium