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Burnaby requests NEB reject Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

Burnaby wants the federal regulator to throw out Kinder Morgan’s plans to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline that runs through the city.

The city’s lawyers believe the application is incomplete and formally requested Monday that the National Energy Board reject the proposal, according to a news release.

Burnaby is concerned the proposal doesn’t contain enough information for an informed decision, and finds the proposal especially lacking when it comes to an emergency response plan and details on two potential new routes through the city.

And the mayor is not mincing words in his opposition to the project, which would bring five times as many tankers into Burrard Inlet, triple the storage-tank capacity on Burnaby Mountain and increase the number of storage tanks from 13 to 26.

“They’re telling our citizens that they have operated the pipeline safely for 60 years, in spite of the fact that there has been more than one spill in Burnaby,” Mayor Derek Corrigan said in a statement, pointing to the 2007 spill of 1,500 barrels of oil.

“We do not ever want to have to deal with the consequences of the kind of spill this new pipeline and the new storage tanks could cause.”

Kinder Morgan assumes the city will be able to manage emergencies, but Burnaby doesn’t have the capacity to respond to large incidents, Corrigan added.

He also pointed to the new routes – Kinder Morgan is considering two different paths through the city – as proof that the proposal is incomplete.

“If Kinder Morgan doesn’t know yet where it is going, and hasn’t done the necessary studies, it is simply too soon to go to the NEB, and unfair to Burnaby’s citizens to require us to guess.”

If the National Energy Board decides the application is indeed incomplete, it could return it to Kinder Morgan for amendments and a resubmission.

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