Kinder Morgan has begun its survey work on Burnaby Mountain, where it could build a tunnel to allow for its proposed expansion of the TransMountain oil pipeline.
Company officials took reporters to one of the survey sites today, saying their key priority is to develop plans to protect the environment and nearby residents.
“We need to be able to do seismic studies so in order to do that we need to have a path cleared, so that the guys can get out and run those site lines,” says spokesperson Carey Johannesson.
He says there’s still a lot of work to be done and they don’t expect a final decision on the proposal to be made until late 2016.
The National Energy Board ruled last week Kinder Morgan can go ahead with its studies on the mountain without the city’s permission.
The City of Burnaby, meanwhile, is asking for support from the Union of BC Municipalities on the matter.