Vancouver asks for more answers on proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

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      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.




      Jul 4, 2014 at 7:28pm

      Vancouver is a favorite tourist destination. Pretty much all of BC's assets and resources, have been sold out from under the people of BC. BC citizens don't even have their resource jobs.

      Vancouver can't afford an oil spill. Neither can the rest of BC afford an oil spill, on lands, rivers, streams and especially not in the sea. Tourism is a major industry, that most of BC relies on for their living. Kinder Morgan can route their pipeline through their own country and leave BC alone.

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      its the ecomony stupid

      Jul 5, 2014 at 5:08am

      Canada is a country reliant on its resources to keep its economy afloat. So, enough of the red herring of an oil spill, when was the last one? Decades of tanker traffic hasn't resulted in one, so an increase in that traffic isn't going to results in one. Perhaps you anti oil export types should be consistent and argue for an end to all tanker traffic, and for that matter, all ocean freight and coastal shipping. That ferry you take to Hollyhock has just as much likelihood of causing marine environmental damage as an oil tanker, so let's be consistent.

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      Jul 5, 2014 at 8:19am

      You can't own oil man. Set it loose and back where it came to roam free in our lakes, rivers and coast line.

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      Jul 5, 2014 at 2:32pm

      @ adanac, sorry dude, but you are so out of touch. Resource development pays the real bills around here. Tourism is good, but it's just more obvious. Just another person railing about progress while walking around with their icrap stuck in their ears.

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      Jul 9, 2014 at 2:17am

      That ship in the photo carries grain.

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