Fraser Valley/Burnaby/Edmonton – On Thursday, Kinder Morgan and its Trans Mountain Pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby and the refineries there, have another legal victory in their portfolio.
The NEB – National Energy Board, sided with Kinder Morgan and their claim that two Burnaby bylaws (to obtain preliminary plan approvals and tree cutting permits) were causing construction delays and costing Kinder Morgan millions of dollars.
The project can go ahead.
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has long been a staunch opponent of the pipeline twinning. He has gone on record saying he is disappointed by the ruling but not surprised.
The City of Burnaby may appeal. The NEB gave the green light for the project last fall.
(The NEB said it would eventually release an explanation for its decision.)
Kinder Morgan had warned that the losses from the permit controversy could cause the project to fail.
Meanwhile, in a document posted on line by the National Energy Board on the Kinder Morgan construction timeline, while it was planned that the entire project would be completed by 2019, that has been pushed back to 2020.
There are Valley objections as serious as those that Burnaby has. That includes the Chilliwack Aquifer, Ledgeview Golf Course, highway and private property right of way and work that will be done at the Sumas Mountain Tank Farm (installation of another tank).