A day after the City of Burnaby issued a stop work order to Kinder Morgan, city staff have engaged in a confrontation with pipeline workers on Burnaby mountain.
Mayor Derek Corrigan says his city staff went up to Burnaby Mountain to stop Kinder Morgan work crews from cutting down trees.
“They have got an army of security personnel with them and have already, according to my staff, cut down some trees,” says Corrigan.
“We have issued a stop work order and they are continuing despite that stop work order has been I think a needless confrontation. It is an issue that we need to have resolved in the court.”
Corrigan says city staff will do everything they can to enforce the stop work order short of a physical confrontation.
Kinder Morgan says everything was friendly but its Trans Mountain pipeline staff left the area. Officials are now asking the National Energy Board to force the city to allow it to continue it works.
Meanwhile, John Clarke, who helped establish the Burnaby Mountain conservation park in the 1970s, says what Kinder Morgan is doing is “preposterous.”
Clarke says he’s lived near in the area for 68 years and was upset to watch crews tear down trees to make way for helicopters to drop off drilling equipment.
“I find that the federal government basically is the lap boys of Mr. Kinder and Mr. Morgan, why the government of Canada has allowed them to basically run roughshod over a conservation area.”
Kinder Morgan claims seven trees were declared dangerous by an arborist.