Chilliwack/Abbotsford (with files from Star FM) – This past Tuesday was the deadline for individuals, groups and municipalities to submit their written comments to the National Energy Board regarding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.
The City of Chilliwack fired off a 33 page letter to the NEB outlining their concerns about the project. Specifically, five main areas of concern including protection of the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer and the socio-economic impacts of construction. The city is also quite critical of Kinder Morgan for being too vague during meetings.
Another major fear is work around the Cheam Wetlands (Should something go horribly wrong).
Mayor Sharon Gaetz also took a poke at the Public Relations challenge that Kinder Morgan faces . “I wouldn’t want to be working for Kinder Morgan right now.”
The city says if there was a leak and it got into the aquifer, it would be a nightmare, and the company hasn’t made the city feel any better about it so far. They’re also calling for improved public consultation, and the right to refuse construction on city roads.
You can read the entire 33 page letter to the NEB here: City of Chilliwack Letter of Comment to NEB August 18 2015
The NEB has released a list of 145 conditions that Kinder Morgan would have to meet in order for the project to go ahead.
That included a detailed response plan in case of a major disaster at the Sumas Mountain Pump Station in Abbotsford.
The company is looking to twin its current pipeline, and nearly triple the amount of oil (including diluted bitumen) it transports from Alberta to Burnaby. That pipeline would enter Chilliwack under the old site of Minter Gardens.