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Where is Kinder Morgan pipeline going in Burnaby?

I’m a North Westridge resident and part of the neighbourhood group that has been meeting with Kinder Morgan since June 2013.

We would also like to know where the pipeline is going.

Every time we ask it is explained that Cliff Avenue is the preferred route, but they are still looking at Burnaby Mountain.

However they can’t get any info on the site because there is a covenant they can’t seem to confirm. It seems amazing that Kinder Morgan would let this impede their studies of this area unless they’re not interested.

Kinder Morgan doesn’t seem concerned their number one route choice would completely enclose an area of 120 homes with their pipelines, even though they have consistently promoted their objective to build the proposed new pipeline safely “while minimizing impacts to neighbours.”

The Cliff Avenue route also goes through the Burrard Inlet Conservation Area.

North Westridge has only one exit/entrance, complicating construction and safety requirements which seems to be a risk Kinder Morgan is willing to take.

We asked if the location of the Westridge Terminal could be located further east, further away from our neighbourhood to ease noise and light pollution. Instead they moved it west, closer. This allows them to continue loading tankers during construction.

We asked if they could add electrical ship plug-ins to ease air and noise pollution, similar to what cruise ships have. Their response: only five per cent of ships have plug-ins.

We asked if they could tell us what kind of noise, air, and light pollution they were projecting, as well as what is the allowable levels based on what the Vancouver Port Authority and the City of Burnaby are permitting.

After months, no answer. I wonder what they submitted to the NEB.

It seems that in spite of their commitment to listen to the people’s concerns, it is just a obligatory part of the process.

In my opinion the pipeline is going wherever Kinder Morgan wants it to.

Neil Syme

Burnaby

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