Kinder Morgan works with B.C. on pipeline expansion

As the Enbridge pipeline debate and provincial tug-of-war continues, Houston-based company Kinder Morgan has said it will work with the B.C. government on launching its own $4.1-billion pipeline expansion.

Kinder Morgan owns the Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to Vancouver. B.C.'s environment minister Terry Lake has said the company must provide "superior spill prevention and response systems" (according to the Globe and Mail's Jim Harrison) for the province to consider the expansion, and Kinder Morgan has responded that it will try to meet B.C's demands.

Lake's comments echo those of Premier Christy Clark, who has been outspoken on Enbridge's Northern Gateway project.

On Wednesday, CTV British Columbia reported that opposition to Kinder Morgan's expansion is growing in Burnaby, where thousands of barrels of oil are pumped through (or, under) every day.

The pipeline expansion would increase the current capacity from 300,000 to 750,000 barrels of oil a day.

In 2007, a neighbourhood in Burnaby's Inlet Drive was left with oil spills after a Kinder Morgan pipe was punctured by work crews.


by Kolby Solinsky

(Guest editor of the Cloverdale Reporter)



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