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First Kinder Morgan info opportunities this month

The first Burnaby opportunities to learn about the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline directly from Kinder Morgan will take place later this month.

The company has scheduled two drop-in information sessions: Saturday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Stoney Creek Community School, 2740 Beaverbrook Crescent, and Monday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Eagle Creek Restaurant at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, 7600 Halifax St.

The events will not include formal presentations but will be in the style of an open house, with display boards for people to view and project staff on hand to answer questions, according to Kinder Morgan staff.

Both events will be the same and were scheduled to provide options for the public to attend.

Discussion guides containing all the information from the display boards will be available for people to take home with them. There will also be feedback forms for people to submit comments which will be considered as part of the company's formal application to the National Energy Board (NEB).

Kinder Morgan's information sessions on the project started last month in Alberta communities. The Burnaby events will be the first of several public opportunities for discussion of the expansion proposal.

The company plans to twin the pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, to increase its capacity from the current 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 750,000 bpd to allow for increased overseas exports of bitumen crude oil from the Alberta oil sands. The move would result in a significant increase in tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet accessing Westridge Terminal in North Burnaby.

Of the 1,150-km length of the pipeline, 25 to 30 per cent is already twinned, so the company will be applying to the NEB to twin the remaining 900 km.

Kinder Morgan will file its expansion application with the NEB in late 2013 which will include a potential corridor for the twinned pipeline. If it gets the NEB's approval, the company would come up with a detailed specific route, estimated in late 2014, which would go through its own NEB approval process.

If it receives all the required approvals, Kinder Morgan will spend $4 billion and two years building the expansion, which would then go into service in late 2017.

For more information on the project and how to provide feedback: www.transmountain.com, info@transmountain.com or 866-514-6700.

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