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Kinder Morgan's letter to potential NEB hearing intervenors called "undemocratic", even "disgusting"
Some experts fear the 15-page letter will intimidate people unfamiliar with the process into withdrawing their applications.
In what some call a preemptive strike, Kinder Morgan's legal counsel sent a letter suggesting that some experts and community members who signed up as intervenors for Trans Mountain pipeline hearings may be considered ineligible. The 15-page letter outlines the key changes in the NEB Act -- brought about by the controversial Bill C-38 in 2012 -- and emphasizes why being an expert or having a connection to the pipeline is no longer enough to merit intervenor status.
Douw Steyn, a professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at UBC, received the letter, and he calls it “a disgusting and anti-democratic strategy” to limit participation in the hearings.
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.
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.
Tanker traffic from a bigger pipeline presents an “unacceptable risk” to Vancouver even though the proposed infrastructure is 10 kilometres outside of city limits, Mayor Gregor Robertson said Tuesday.
Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin its Trans Mountain pipeline to carry diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby – a plan that would boost the number of tankers in the Burrard Inlet to 34 per month from five – could be “devastating” for the city if the oil spills, Robertson said.
The mayor put forward a motion for Vancouver to apply to be an intervenor during the National Energy Board hearings on the expansion proposal, expected to be filed this month.