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Critics assail process, say online system was made intentionally difficult
A tanker is escorted by two tugs as it moves through Burrard Inlet. The $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in a sixfold increase in oil tanker traffic. Photo: Kinder Morgan
A new, “onerous” application process will discourage public participation in a federal review of the $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, according to critics of the project.
The application process for participating in the review opened Wednesday and closes at noon on Feb. 12.
To participate in the hearings or write a letter, a person must apply to the National Energy Board (NEB) by creating a log-in account or using an existing one with a bank.
People can also have an application mailed to them.
Wilderness Committee campaigner Eoin Madden said the online process and form is complicated, particularly for people with little or no Internet experience.
NEB officials could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
Rules introduced by the federal Conservative government in 2012 stipulate that only people directly affected by the project or who have relevant information or expertise can participate.
“They’re playing a sort of a game where they don’t want to be overtly, very clearly trying to keep people out of the process; however, that is what it is designed to do,” Madden said.
Dear friends and neighbours,
As you may have heard, Kinder Morgan has just filed the necessary paperwork to start the process of attempting to run an additional tar sands pipeline from Alberta to BC, despite a clear lack of First Nations and public support and despite it being impossible to meet Christy Clark's five conditions for new pipelines to be built in British Columbia.
BY GORDON HOEKSTRA, VANCOUVER SUN
Kinder Morgan oil pipeline pumping station at Sumas. Kinder Morgan today filed its formal application for its proposed $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which will triple oil capacity and bring more tankers to Burrard Inlet.
Kinder Morgan today filed its formal application for its proposed $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which will triple oil capacity and bring more tankers to Burrard Inlet.
The submission of the project application to the National Energy Board (NEB) is a key step in the start of the high-level federal review, which has seen pushback from First Nations, environmentalists and community groups concerned about the potential for spills on the pipeline and from tankers.
The application submitted to the NEB is more than 15,000 pages and stands about two metres high, contained in 37 binders.
Westridge Marine Terminal would be tripled in size, says Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew.
Photograph by: GLENN BAGLO , PROVINCE
Lower Mainland communities will decide this week whether to present a united front challenging Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline expansion to Burrard Inlet.
The company wants to build a second parallel pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, at the same time increasing oil tanker traffic and enlarging the Westridge Marine Terminal.
But Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew has repeatedly written the company of his community’s concerns about the proposed expansion, and Metro Vancouver politicians will vote on whether to throw their weight behind Belcarra.
“The proposed expansion of the WMT involves tripling the size of the facility’s footprint on Burrard Inlet accompanied by a significant encroachment into Burrard Inlet,” Drew and council wrote Kinder Morgan (KMC).
“The proposed increase in the size of terminal has consequences for both Burrard Inlet itself and the communities surrounding Burrard Inlet, but KMC’s proposal does not mention recompense for tripling its encroachment.
“What does KMC intend to ‘give back’ to Burrard Inlet and its neighbours surrounding the WMT?”
DON HAUKA / BURNABY NOW - SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
Twice as much oil in the tanks on the hill and three times as many tankers at the dock.
That’s part of the picture Burnaby residents are being shown by Kinder Morgan as they push to get the Trans Mountain Expansion Project approved.
The company unveiled more details of its plans for the two Burnaby terminals at an open house Wednesday at the Executive Inn in Coquitlam. The scheme would see the number of tanks at the Burnaby storage terminal double, with 14 new storage tanks installed. That would add another 3.9 million barrels of oil to the facility’s capacity. Currently, the terminal can hold 1.6 million barrels.
Residents will get a sneak peak of what the additional tanks will do to the view of Burnaby Mountain from a number of different vantage points, thanks to several artists’ renderings.
They’ll also see colour graphics of how three tankers at the new docking facility at the Westbridge Marine Terminal. Kinder Morgan also hopes to add a new, high-tech vapour recovery and re-injection system to help control emissions.
Lisa Clement of Trans Mountain Pipeline media relations said the company expected about 100 or so residents to come out to the open house to learn more about the project.
But at least one Burnaby neighborhood group had no plans to take part in the event. Alan Dutton of BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion) says the information session is actually a way of limiting discussion.
They are warning against an oil spill in Vancouver harbour
Jason HoweSeptember 19, 2013 2:54 pm
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Oil tanker traffic through Vancouver harbour is again up for debate, with a call by the Greens for a moratorium on crude oil traffic through Vancouver harbour.
The party’s lone MLA warns a spill could spell disaster.
Andrew Weaver argues the Northern Gateway hearings have revealed an inability to respond to a spill of diluted bitumen.
And he says if the province opposes that pipeline, it should also oppose crude oil traffic currently leaving Burnaby.
“The economic consequences of a dilbit spill into Vancouver harbour would be profound, not the least of which on our tourism industry. Yet it’s going ahead.”
Documents reveal Coast Guard lack needed 'environmental expertise'
A worker uses a small boat to move logs on the Douglas Channel at dusk in Kitimat, B.C., in this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 photo. Officials in British Columbia privately warned the province lacks the ability to manage oil spills from existing and future oil traffic, and even a moderate spill would overwhelm their ability to respond, documents show.
Photograph by: Canadian Press , The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun
Officials in British Columbia have privately warned the province lacks the ability to manage oil spills from existing and expanded oil traffic, and even a moderate spill would overwhelm their ability to respond, documents show.
Ottawa's decision to deal with coastal oil spills from a base in Quebec would make it much harder to contain spills here, and Transport Canada and the Coast Guard lack the needed "environmental expertise" to manage them, officials said in the documents obtained by The Canadian Press under freedom of information laws.
The notes were written by B.C. Environment Ministry officials for the incoming minister's briefing book in June, and other concerns were detailed by emergency response officials in memos from last year.
Environment Ministry bureaucrats voiced a range of misgivings for minister Mary Polak. "The Ministry of Environment, as the ministry responsible for preparedness, prevention, response and recovery for spills, is not adequately staffed and resourced to meet the existing and emerging expectations to address spills," they wrote in the briefing book.
"Even a moderately-sized spill would overwhelm the province's ability to respond and could result in a significant liability for government. ... The industry requirements, established by Transport Canada, are perceived as being insufficient in both scope and scale. For example, in both Washington state and Alaska industry requirements are far in excess of what is required in B.C."