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Choice of pipeline meetings—for and against

Burnaby residents will have a choice of pipeline-related meetings in the coming days, both for and against Kinder Morgan's expansion project.

The company has applied to the National Energy Board  to almost triple capacity on its Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby. That would result in a seven-fold increase in oil tankers in Burrard Inlet, to about 400 a year.

The first event is from the pipeline company itself. Kinder Morgan is hosting an open house on Thursday, April 3, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam.

The event is focused on its efforts to refine the proposed pipeline corridor. Engineers and members of the project team will be available to answer questions and people will have a chance to provide input on how they and the environment might be impacted by the expansion.

Over the next two weeks, the City of Burnaby will be hosting two public meetings of its own on the project, which it opposes.

The first will be held Wednesday, April 9, 5 to 9 p.m. at Forest Grove elementary, 8525 Forest Grove Dr. The second will be Tuesday, April 15, 5-9 p.m. at Westridge elementary, 510 Duncan Ave.

Despite Kinder Morgan characterizing the project as a twinning of an existing pipeline, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has emphasized previously that in his city, about 90 per cent of the project would follow an entirely new route.

Burnaby city hall's other concerns include the proposal to triple the storage capacity of Kinder Morgan's tank farm on Burnaby Mountain, located above and below homes and businesses, and the potential impact from oil spills.

It often cites the 2007 pipeline rupture that drenched homes and spilling crude into Burrard Inlet.

And it notes that the pipeline is not necessary to serve local needs but to increase exports of oil sands crude to overseas markets.

For more information on the City of Burnaby's events and position, visit http://bit.ly/1e5iaoL/.

For more information on the Kinder Morgan open house, visit http://talk.transmountain.com/, call 1-866-514-6700 or email info@transmountain.com.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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