Kinder Morgan says it is all part of the National Energy Board review process as intervenors line up to demand answers.
Kinder Morgan Vice President Scott Stoness says many of the questions asked by intervenors fall outside the scope of the project at hand the twinning the Trans Mountain pipeline.
“There were questions about the affects on CO2 emissions on the oil sands and that is not in the scope of the study. Another example is we were asked questions about our existing pipeline and that is also not in the scope of the study. There are questions about our ownership and that has been debated in a previous hearing.”
Stoness says other answers would compromise security or confidential information.
“There is a lot of process and a lot of opportunities for them to have their say. I think people are focusing on the specific issue of the day, which is gee I didn’t my answer answered the way I wanted it to be answered therefor the process is flawed. Overall the process is not flawed it is good.”
Stoness says for intervenors to complain about unanswered questions is part of the review hearing process.
“The process is that the board will weigh our views and the intervenor’s view and decide which ones they think we ought to answer.”
Stoness says other questions, for example about spill response, have already been answered.
“You have to define what kind of spill it might be and it wasn’t defined in the question. Our answer is regardless of the type of spill we have the financial capacity that we are capable of responding.”
He says intervenors get two rounds of questions, will table evidence, and make oral arguments all part of the review process.