The City of Burnaby says it’s disappointed the National Energy Board has granted Kinder Morgan access to Burnaby Mountain for further pipeline studies without the city’s consent.
“This is a fairly serious issue for us.”
Burnaby councillor Sav Dhaliwal says the city will now weigh its options.
In a decision released today, the NEB says the pipeline company doesn’t need permission to access the city-owned park home to Simon Fraser University.
“We have a fair amount of money trying to preserve Burnaby Mountain, those lands, to make sure the ecology, the fauna and vegetation is protected.”
The board says it’s not in the public’s interest to consider the Trans Mountain expansion proposal without the studies.
The dispute between Burnaby and Kinder Morgan has alreay resulted in a seven-month delay in National Energy Board hearings on the project.
The $5.4-billion dollar expansion proposal would almost triple the current capacity of oil, from 300,000 barrels to almost 900,000.
“The company is past the NEB hurdle, but they still have the hurdle of the city of Burnaby’s bylaws to deal with.”
That’s lawyer for the City of Burnaby Greg McDade who says Kinder Morgan still has to jump over a few hurdles to access Burnaby Mountain, its preferred route for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
McDade says the company is only half way there, as the National Energy Board grants it access to the city-owned park space where Simon Fraser University is located for further study.
“Some of their proposed activities would be absolutely prohibited under Burnaby’s bylaws.”
McDade says there is a suggestion to build a helicopter pad in the middle of a conservation area requiring tree cutting and that’s not allowed under municipal bylaws.