An NDP MLA is shaking his head as Kinder Morgan applies for an extension with the National Energy Board in order to answer over 10-thousand questions from intervenors.
Kennedy Stewart says the move over the proposal to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline is not lacking in irony.
“Because they have been fighting against every other one that anybody else has asked for. Once again it underscores how completely out of control this process is. What I have been saying right from the beginning is the NEB is going to have to go back to the drawing board on this. You can’t say an application is complete when the company hasn’t even decided what route they are going to put their five-billion-dollar pipeline on.”
Stewart says Kinder Morgan has suddenly added a fourth pipeline route and plans to further increase the pipeline’s capacity.
“This is really outrageous because the National Energy Board had said many weeks ago that this application was complete that it wasn’t going to change and then we just have change after change after change making it probably one of the biggest oil pipelines in North American now if not the biggest.”
Stewart says this from a proposal, which the National Energy Board said was complete.
“You can see that they are trying various routes trying to find anyway they they can to get this thing through. The public has been completely excluded really from this process. Burnaby has been very active but then you think about the other municipalities Coquitlam, Surrey, Kamloops, Abbotsford.”
He says the process as a whole is “un-Canadian.”
However Kinder Morgan Vice President Scott Stoness was brief in his response when asked about plans to increase Trans-Mountain’s capacity.
“No that is not correct.”
Kinder Morgan admits the maximum capacity could be over a million barrels of oil a day but says that is not in the current plans filed with the National Energy Board and if it wanted to increase capacity it would have to re-apply to do so.