Sunday, November 30, 2014

Burnaby mayor slams NEB and Kinder Morgan

Mayor Derek Corrigan said people have lost faith in the NEB’s ability to protect Canadian interests.
His comments come after days of anti-pipeline protests on Burnaby Mountain.

“I think there’s a lot of people who have lost faith in the National Energy Board, in its impartiality, its subjectivity in considering these (pipeline projects),” said Corrigan. “The appointments are made from the oil industry. It appears that their allegiance is to the oil industry.”
Corrigan said the protesters are joining the city in its nearly two-year opposition to the pipeline expansion. He said that after an evaluation of Kinder Morgan’s proposal, the city came to the conclusion that the expansion is not in the best interests of Burnaby. The mayor cited a major spill in 2007 along the current route as one of the city’s reasons for opposing the pipeline. Some 50 homes were damaged and residents were evacuated as a result of the spill. He said Kinder Morgan handled the leak poorly.
The emergency preparedness of Kinder Morgan was far below what we would have expected.
In fact, in that case, they turned off the wrong end of the pipeline, and ended up causing more damage than should have been caused as a result of the what should have been a simple spill."

Corrigan also expressed concern about the proposed increase of storage facilities in a residential area, and docking capacity port in Burrard Inlet, as well as the near tripling of pipeline’s current capacity -- from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day.

NEB Chairman and CEO Peter Watson
The NEB hearings for Kinder Morgan’s proposal will begin in July 2015. The board is set to make a decision on the project by October 2015.

In the meantime, the City of Burnaby is fighting a series of legal battles against Kinder Morgan to halt the expansion project. The case has now made its way through the B.C. Supreme Court and B.C. Court of Appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal.
Kinder Morgan started leaving Burnaby Mountain Saturday, ahead of a Sunday night deadline to wrap up survey work. Trans Mountain spokesperson Lisa Clement said early research shows the mountain appears stable enough to handle the pipeline.
I would bet a body COULD HAVE stuck their finger into Burnaby Mountain and came to the exact same conclusion as this paid corporate chitface ditzbag. Best part is the taxpayer would have saved MAJOR.