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'Incredible risk for our citizens': Burnaby's new mayor airs concerns about Trans Mountain


'The reality is this pipeline now belongs to the federal government,' said Mike Hurley

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – Burnaby’s new mayor is putting the prime minister on notice when it comes to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Mike Hurley says the safety of his constituents is his number one priority, including the planned expansion of the tank farm on Burnaby Mountain.

“[It’s a] huge concern to me. They’re going to double the number of the tanks on that farm, which brings incredible risk for our citizens in that highly populated area,” he said to Breakfast Television on City.

He says it was up to him, the project wouldn’t happen.

“But the reality is this pipeline now belongs to the federal government. We will do what we can to ensure that Burnaby remains safe,” he said.

“My recommendation to Mr. Trudeau is you promised a new environmental assessment. I would recommend very strongly that he goes back and does that.”

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The project is on hold after the courts revoked federal approval over concerns about the environmental review and consultations with First Nations.

Hurley says public confidence in the approval process needs to be restored.