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 could triple the pipeline’s current capacity to 900,000 barrels of oil a day.