Vancouver asks for more answers on proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
The City of Vancouver says 145 of its questions about Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline remain unanswered.
The city indicated in a news release today (July 4) that it plans to urge the National Energy Board to direct Trans Mountain to respond to the questions.
Vancouver is arguing that most of the answers it received from Trans Mountain “were considered to be inadequate and in many cases the company avoided addressing what the City believes to be material issues with the proposed pipeline expansion”.
Some of the city’s concerns include the fact that Trans Mountain has not shared its Emergency Management and Environmental Compliance documents.
“Without reading these plans it is difficult for the City to assess, comment on, or identify conditions related to the ability of Trans Mountain to respond effectively to spills and manage emergencies along the pipeline,” the municipality's news release states.
Vancouver isn’t the only intervenor in the NEB’s public hearing process raising concerns this week.
The B.C. government also filed a motion with the National Energy Board requesting that Kinder Morgan provide more details about its proposal.
“In a number of cases, Kinder Morgan’s responses to the information requests do not provide sufficient information,” a press release from the province reads.
Green MLA Andrew Weaver also submitted a motion to the National Energy Board this week, asking them to compel Trans Mountain to provide “full and adequate responses” to the questions he submitted as part of the hearing process.