The head of Kinder Morgan Canada says he wants to thaw the firm’s relationships with the city of Burnaby as it looks ahead to a new hearing schedule and new route for its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline.
President Ian Anderson admits the relationship is “toxic,” but hopes the company won’t have to go the National Energy Board to get approval for a tunnel route through Burnaby Mountain.
“We are going to the city formally, really out of respect for the fact that it is city land. And, so we will approach them, but we will see how those decisions get made.”
He says the communication between the two now is “non-existent.”
Anderson says tunneling will help avoid construction through Burnaby neighbourhoods.
Earlier this week, the NEB announced it is delaying its decision on the pipeline until 2016 because of Kinder Morgan’s plans for the tunnel route. The project opponents hailed this as a victory.