Burnaby South MP Kennedy Stewart says residents need more time to speak out against the Kinder Morgan pipeline running through their property.
He says this comes after hundreds of concerned residents reached out to him following letters they received telling them their property was part of the pipeline plan.
But he says the majority were unsure about how to complain or needed direction through what he says is a complicated process.
“If you are not a lawyer, you’re going to have a very, very hard time navigating this. Now, without sending your letter of complaint in, you are totally at the whim of the company.”
Stewart says the National Energy Board called him back Friday after weeks of no contact, saying time has run out for people to oppose it.
“[Residents] should be expecting Kinder Morgan crews showing up to their properties to survey and eventually start digging, and there’ll be nothing they can do to fight back against this now.”
Stewart is calling on the board to extend the process, saying 30 days of consultation isn’t enough.
“There’s more consultation on having an off-leash dog park than there is building this $7-billion pipeline.”
He says he’s created a website designed to help people learn more about the pipeline and whether or not their property is part of the project.
The National Energy Board has not responded to a request for comment.