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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.
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.