City hits back at Kinder Morgan over Burnaby Mountain route

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The City of Burnaby has issued a stop-work order to Kinder Morgan, asking it to stop its survey work on Burnaby Mountain for its proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

This comes two weeks after the National Energy Board allowed the oil company to do the work without the city’s permission.

But Mayor Derek Corrigan is accusing crews of causing “irreparable damage” in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area with chainsaws and other tree-cutting equipment.

He’s released a statement claiming the work authorized by the NEB was supposed to be “non-invasive,” adding bylaw officers will do whatever possible to protect conservation lands.

He says the city will seek a court ruling to this effect.

Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Ali Hounsell says crews were setting up to remove a rotten tree when they were ordered to stop Tuesday.

“Trans Mountain is consulting with our legal counsel to determine our next steps, but we’re committed to persevering with the fieldwork that is planned, necessary and authorized by the National Energy Board.”

If approved, the $5.4-billion project couldĀ  triple the pipeline’s current capacity to 900,000 barrels of oil a day.


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  1. I would think that the Mayor of Burnaby would be more accommodating to Kinder Morgan.
    After all- they didn’t sue when one of the city’s contract backhoes ruptured the oil pipeline and spewed oil all over a Burnaby neighbourhood.
    Irreparable damage by trees- that’s a bit over the top.

    • Don’t thank Kinder Morgan. Have you looked at their history of leaks. They only looked the other way because they know enough not to rock the boat. Please, look up their record of spills. You’ll be quite impressed.

      • From what I’ve read the pipeline dates to 1953.
        Twinning it only makes sense as a new pipe with new technology should translate into a safer means of transporting oil.
        And despite spills- pipelines are the safest means of transporting hydrocarbons.

        I don’t think they looked the other way to avoid rocking the boat.
        I think it had more to do with court and lawyer costs;
        plus bad PR;
        plus they probably thought by not suing, Burnaby would be supportive of their future developments.

  2. “Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Ali Hounsell says crews were setting up to remove a rotten tree when they were ordered to stop Tuesday.”

    Kinder Morgan must learn to do a better job of training their spokesperson and their crews on site. Rotting trees in the bush are an integral component of the environment. They slowly decompose and provide nutrients necessary for the new life that will arise around them. Sad that Kinder Morgan isn’t even skilled in basic biology. No wonder spills are not a big deal to them. Super Natural British Columbia is in trouble.