Kinder Morgan is officially using the stick in order to gain access to Burnaby Mountain with or without permission from city council.
Trans Mountain pipeline project leader Carey Johannesson says the National Energy Board has been asked to rule on section 73 of federal NEB Act.
“It bascially says if the company is looking to try and fix the route of a pipeline they have the ability to be able to go on to land whether it be crown land, or municipal lands, or private lands. In the case of Burnaby the board came back and said in order for the application to proceed we need that information. We have basically said to Burnaby and we have indicated to the board we need to be able to get on that property to do the work.”
Johannesson says they have also just filed an alternate pipeline route should Burnaby Mountain not work out.
He says the route would go down Burnaby Mountain Parkway, Hastings, Cliff Avenue, and then through backyards down Northcliffe Crescent.
The city of Burnaby is calling Kinder Morgan underhanded and its actions unacceptable.
Councillor Sav Dhaliwal says Kinder Morgan seems to be talking out of both sides of its mouth.
“On one hand they are suggesting oh they want to work with the city. They want to have a good relationship with the city. Then they are saying we will use this hammer anyway we don’t have to listen to the city and we will go to the NEB to allow them to access Burnaby mountain, ecologically sensitive or not. We are very disappointed in there approach.”
He says Burnaby is not happy with Kinder Morgan’s latest moves.
“We are once again shocked and dismayed at the tactics that they are using.”
Dhaliwal says the only right thing for Kinder Morgan to do is abandon any plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline through Burnaby.
He says the city is not the rural property it once was when the original pipeline was built.
The NEB has given the city of Burnaby until Friday to respond to Kinder Morgan.