B.C. city warns Kinder Morgan it could withhold emergency services

|About: Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI)|By:, SA News Editor

The city of Burnaby, B.C., is threatening to withhold emergency services in the event of an oil spill, in the latest sign of growing municipal opposition to Kinder Morgan’s (KMI, KMP) Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

In a submission to the National Energy Board, the city also says Kinder Morgan has failed to provide a rationale or analysis of why expanding the pipeline, tank facilities and marine terminal in a major metropolitan area is the best alternative or in the public interest.

Municipalities have no decision-making power with regard to the expansion, which is being reviewed under federal jurisdiction, but the threat by Burnaby - home to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge dock and oil storage facility - adds another potential hurdle to efforts to boost oil exports from Canada’s west Coast.

Kinder Morgan wants to nearly triple capacity on the Pacific-bound pipeline system to 890K bbl/day.