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Burnaby's mayor thinks fight against pipeline may be over

BURNABY (NEWS1130) – The fight against pipeline expansion might be a lost cause, according to Burnaby’s mayor, who blames the election results for sealing its fate.

The mayor’s frustration comes as Kinder Morgan takes another step in its Trans Mountain proposal.

The company has filed a Project Description with the National Energy Board, in advance of its official application expected late this year.

The new documents confirm details like an increase in tanker traffic of about 30 vessels a month in Burrard Inlet.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has been a vocal opponent, but now sounds defeated.

“The election certainly determined the result eventually. Without support from the provincial government, I think this battle is over.”

Corrigan says there is one last hope for opponents.

“There is one ace in the hole. That continues to be the First Nations, who have the constitutional status to be able to stand up to the federal and provincial governments.”

The Trans Mountain expansion would nearly triple the capacity to 890,000 barrels a day.