Pipeline could go through residential backyards after all

Workers construct a pipeline as part of the Anchor Loop project in Jasper National Park, completed in 2008. - Courtesy Kinder Morgan Canada
Workers construct a pipeline as part of the Anchor Loop project in Jasper National Park, completed in 2008.
— image credit: Courtesy Kinder Morgan Canada

If Kinder Morgan can't build a pipeline through Burnaby Mountain, the company will run it through residential backyards on the north side of Northcliffe Crescent according to a document filed with the National Energy Board.

The proposed alternate route would run along Burnaby Mountain Parkway, Hastings Street, Cliff Avenue and then east through the Northcliffe residential area before entering the Westridge Marine Terminal.

That's the route the pipeline company had originally declared its preferred route, until last month when it informed the NEB its new preferred route would go under Burnaby Mountain.

At the time Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart hailed the switch as a "victory for this community."

In a letter to the NEB, Kinder Morgan's vice president of finance and regulatory affairs, Scott Stoness, said the company made an error by neglecting to identify its former preferred route as the new alternate route.

The latest shift raised the dander of Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan who called the proposed route change "underhanded and unacceptable."

He said the plan to build the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline under Burnaby Mountain is unlikely because of community opposition, soil instability, ecological sensitivity and cost. Running it through backyards, he said, shows a "complete lack of concern and respect for the tremendous impact of their proposals on the lives of Burnaby citizens."

On July 25 Kinder Morgan's legal team filed a letter with the NEB expressing the company's frustration over its attempts to get access to City of Burnaby land on the mountain to be able to complete engineering, geotechnical, environmental and archaeological studies.

"City of Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has stated publicly that the City will reject Trans Mountain's request for access," said the letter. "As a result, Trans Mountain is not optimistic that the City of Burnaby will provide it with access to the Subject Lands."

The same day Kinder Morgan filed a formal request for access to City of Burnaby lands. If the request isn't granted the company said it will enforce its access rights under the National Energy Board Act to begin its surveying work on Aug. 15.


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