Kin­der Mor­gan Canada asks for re­lief on pipe­line con­di­tion to avoid project de­lay

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST -

CAL­GARY Kin­der Mor­gan Canada has asked the Na­tional En­ergy Board to waive an ap­proval con­di­tion of the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion be­cause it might de­lay com­ple­tion of the project.

Shawn Den­st­edt, a lawyer at Osler, Hoskin & Har­court rep­re­sent­ing Kin­der Mor­gan Canada sub­sidiary Trans Moun­tain, said in a let­ter to the NEB that it needs to be al­lowed to in­stall mats to de­ter fish spawn­ing as soon as pos­si­ble to have them in place be­fore spawn­ing sea­son.

The NEB told the com­pany last week that it had to stop in­stalling the de­ter­rent mats be­cause they’re con­sid­ered con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity, and the com­pany does not yet have all con­di­tions ap­proved for pipe­line con­struc­tion.

Den­st­edt said if the NEB doesn’t grant Trans Moun­tain’s re­quest “ex­pe­di­tiously,” then in­stal­la­tions of the mats and cor­re­spond­ing cross­ing con­struc­tion could be de­layed by a year, po­ten­tially im­pact­ing when the project is com­plete.

The NEB said Thurs­day that it’s con­tin­u­ing with its as­sess­ment, but that Trans Moun­tain has halted plans to in­stall five more de­ter­rent mats af­ter hav­ing al­ready in­stalled eight.

NEB spokesman James Steven­son said in an email that the reg­u­la­tor is re­view­ing the com­pany’s re­quest, and will take the time needed to make sure the en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic safety is pro­tected.

The con­tro­ver­sial $7.4-bil­lion Trans Moun­tain ex­pan­sion project, which would nearly triple the ca­pac­ity of the pipe­line sys­tem run­ning from Al­berta to B.C.’s south­ern coast, is fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant scru­tiny from the many en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, Indige­nous groups, and B.C. gov­ern­ments that op­pose it.

Mike Hudema, cli­mate and en­ergy cam­paigner with Green­peace Canada, said the NEB should stand up to the com­pany’s pres­sure tac­tics.

“It’s time the NEB stood up to the bully. Not only should the board turn down the ap­pli­ca­tion, the NEB should force Kin­der Mor­gan to re­move the ones that were laid il­le­gally. Un­less com­pa­nies pays a price for break­ing the rules, we are go­ing to con­tinue to see these kinds of fla­grant vi­o­la­tions.”

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