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Kinder Morgan looks to push ahead in Burnaby, despite lack of permits

Last Updated Oct 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm PST

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Construction on the $7.4 billion project is underway

Burnaby hasn't issued specific permits the company needs

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – Saying it’s fed up with waiting for permits from the City of Burnaby, Kinder Morgan has asked the National Energy Board for the necessary permission to begin its pipeline expansion project in that city.

Burnaby is against the project and even has intervener status in a court case against the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Kinder Morgan fears delays will jeopardize the construction schedule.

A statement by Kinder Morgan says “after many months of working in good faith to obtain municipal permits,” it has approached the board in order to continue with its work.

“The city’s failure to act in a timely manner raises serious issues of jurisdiction that we are compelled to bring to the board’s attention,” says the statement.

Sven Biggs with the environmental group Stand.earth says the company hasn’t met a lot of the conditions outlined by the province and NEB. “Their attempt to go around local jurisdiction just shows how much disdain they have for local communities and how little support this project has here in the Lower Mainland.”

But will the board give Kinder Morgan the clearance it seeks?  “I’ve actually been quite surprised by the NEB in the last couple of months. They’ve stood up to Kinder Morgan on a number of issues. We’ll be encouraging them to stand up and make Kinder Morgan do the work properly and get the permits they require,” says Biggs.

In September, Kinder Morgan announced construction of the $7.4 billion project would begin and would take up to 28 months to complete. Work has begun on the terminal in Burnaby, which doesn’t require a permit. The project will triple capacity on the pipeline from the Edmonton area to Burnaby. The project was approved by the federal government last fall.

The BC NDP government has vowed to use “every tool available” to try to stop the expansion, but has admitted the options available to the province are limited.

NEWS 1130 has reached out to the City of Burnaby for its reaction, but has yet to hear back.