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

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.

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  • 1gdanka
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    The world is hungry for energy and Burnaby and Vancouver may drop a Sisyphean stone on KMI's pipeline. Environmental issues must be balanced with safety rules and regulations. Jobs are important.


    The world is changing, populations are growing. Technology must improve and mineral, energy and food must be transported.


    I hope all of Burnaby's questions are answered though accidents happen and some are terrible.
    12 May 2014, 05:53 PM Reply Like
  • Backlighting
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    The first issue with any business is to make money.....and rightfully so.....& fairly.
    What the hell is the "public interest?"
    The "public" is not an entity, but merely a collection of individuals.
    And it's usually everybody but you.
    12 May 2014, 08:35 PM Reply Like
  • worldbank
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    Seems as though the City of Burnaby can't handle all the new jobs and businesses that will be created. What about all the new tax revenue that will flow into the City that they can spend on any/all of the "public interests".
    12 May 2014, 09:05 PM Reply Like
  • royk01
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    Seems to me the town officials are trying to find a way to negotiate with Kinder Morgan for some kind of understanding. These are the pressure points they have. It sounds like someone from K-M, perhaps Richard Kinder himself, needs to have a discussion with the town.


    The town officials are responsible to the citizens of the town to protect their welfare. I am sure jobs and other issues are important, but perhaps they have to demonstrate they have leverage too.


    As far as the "public interest" is concerned, a corporation is an artificial construct created by the State, and is beholden to the State to be a good actor. The comment by Backlighting above is 19th Century oratory that Pres. Theodore Roosevelt completely rejected and "won" in the very early part of the 20th Century. The current Supreme Court of the US created its own artificial construct when they said it is a person for the purposes of the 1st Amendment. I wonder what the original framers would have thought about that.
    12 May 2014, 10:44 PM Reply Like
  • Peter Stevens
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    Most of the benefit accrues to Ottawa or Alberta. They want a piece of the action as the gateway.
    15 May 2014, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • smurf
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    Don't forget, B.C. is a card carrying Left Coast member. I'm sure they'd rather have windmills killing their eagles and solar panels roasting the vegetation rather than the remote possibility of a pipeline leak.
    12 May 2014, 11:53 PM Reply Like
  • HackFab
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    There is nothing like a few hundred windmills to enhance a pristine landscape....
    13 May 2014, 07:25 PM Reply Like
  • Peter Stevens
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    Not if they're in Alberta.
    15 May 2014, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • schek711
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    The line is improved and then there's a spill......as the oil flows out and destroys the environment and the town stands around and watches hands in their pockets?


    I don't think so
    13 May 2014, 07:19 AM Reply Like
  • smurf
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    Oh right, these spills are rampant. There are several every day. Please!
    13 May 2014, 02:50 PM Reply Like
  • Canuk100
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    We have a long history of these economic ransom artist with no real power using what ever means possible to leach money from the system and standing in the way of development... the real tragedy is that most are eventually paid and then they waste the money or its paid out in 'consultant' fees...


    We as Canadians are be berated by the UN for our handling of native people and land claims, and yet they are failing to look at the amount of money these people have wasted, squandered, and burned, with no concern for investment in their quality of life. There is a motel owner in Manitoba that housed and fed a large group of first nations people for 2 1/2 years due to flooding of their land. They destroyed the building and walked away, with government now being asked to pay for the damage. All the money he was supposed to get paid was 'handled' by the native fire fighters association. Guess where the money went ... AGAIN...
    13 May 2014, 05:28 PM Reply Like
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