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December 20, 2016, 10:04 pm

City of Burnaby Appeals Federal Government Approval of Kinder Morgan Pipeline

City of Burnaby
BURNABY -  The City of Burnaby has filed with the Federal Court of Appeal for Leave to Appeal the federal government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion proposal.

“Burnaby will draw to the attention of the court the serious flaws inherent to the National Energy Board process that reviewed Kinder Morgan’s proposal,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “The prime minister said this was unacceptable, but approved the project without correcting the process. This is not acceptable and I think there may be an inclination on the part of the court to say this process did not address the critical issues.

“Burnaby and its residents stand to be directly affected and are extremely concerned about the proposal’s implications. It would impose significant costs on Burnaby and create significant risks of catastrophic damage to the city and its residents.

“Kinder Morgan refers to this project as a twinning of the existing pipeline. In fact, it would triple capacity to 890,000 barrels per day, follow an almost entirely new route through Burnaby, carry dangerous bitumen, add 13 new high-risk storage tanks to Burnaby Mountain, cause a sevenfold increase in Kinder Morgan’s tanker traffic in the Salish Sea and Burrard Inlet, and require construction of a huge new dock complex with three new berths at the Westridge Marine Terminal.

“We will continue to do everything we can to ensure this project never gets built and we firmly believe that we are on solid legal ground in appealing the federal government’s approval. This is not a project that will benefit Canada. It’s a project that will only benefit Kinder Morgan and the tar sands oil companies.”

Read Mayor Corrigan’s affidavits here and here.

For further information, contact:
Office of the Mayor
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