Kinder Morgan slammed for ‘accidentally’ omitting oil pipeline maps in federal application

KM Trans Mountain pipeline warningParliament asked to require Texas company to “re-start” its application after it neglected to upload oil pipeline maps to NEB website for people to see

Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, Feb 25th, 2014

Kinder Morgan was harshly criticized in the House of Commons Tuesday for not filing a complete application with maps for its Edmonton-to-Burnaby oil pipeline — a project that may disturb dozens of homes through several B.C. cities, depending on the path.

“These are people in charge of a $5 billion construction project, and they ‘forgot’ to include their maps?  Absolutely extraordinary,’” Kennedy Stewart told the Vancouver Observer on Tuesday.

“It’s a 150 metre-wide corridor going through the city.”

The Texas-headquartered company admits in a new letter that it accidentally could not upload the pipeline maps due to a technical glitch.

“It appears that during the upload of the electronic files, the maps…were inadvertently attached in a file size that exceeded the NEB’s 5MB file size limit and were therefore not uploaded to the NEB’s regulatory document repository,” wrote Kinder Morgan Canada’s vice president, Scott Stoness on Friday.

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion under construction.

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion under construction.

Hard copies of its pipeline maps were provided to the National Energy Board last December in its massive application — a stack of 37 binders, 2 metres (7 ft.) in height.

But critically, Stewart said, online copies were not available during the entire four-week period that ended Feb.12 when the public was applying to participate in the upcoming NEB hearing into the project.

“After the participation process is closed they say ‘whoops – we forgot to include the maps’ – that’s absolutely Keystone Cops,” said Stewart.

Consequently, Stewart asked Parliament on Tuesday to force Kinder Morgan to re-start its application.  KM Trans Mountain pipeline Map

The government did not respond to his statement in the House, and today, the NEB rejected Stewart’s request to re-open the company’s application process.

Confusing matters further for residents, the company is still posting on its own website a variety of options for its pipeline in Burnaby — including a “select” corridor and a “study” corridor.

The company states that homes will not be expropriated, but it can apply to obtain “right-of-entry” for lands that it needs to alter.

“A key objective is to treat each landowner fairly and equitably,” states its website.

Of concern to many, including citizen groups and First Nations, is the pipeline may also approach drinking-water aquifers, schools and homes.

It’s not clear if the company also erroneously did not provide the online maps for areas near Kamloops, Merritt, Hope, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, and Surrey.

Stewart further wrote in a letter to the NEB, that both it and the Kinder Morgan failed to “adequately inform the public about the project.”

The regulator has not yet responded publicly.

Pipelines pushed

Speeding up the approvals for pipelines to get land-locked oilsands bitumen to tidal waters has been a top priority for the Harper government.  It recently passed a law to expedite hearings that allow the public to comment on proposed projects.

Conservative Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver wrote in an open letter in 2012 that “environmental and other radical groups” were using regulatory hearings to frustrate and cause unnecessary delays.

“These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.  They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects,” wrote Oliver.

2,000 applications to participate in the Kinder Morgan hearing were received by the NEB, prior to the now expired Feb.12 deadline.

Registered to submit letters or act as intervenors are: 15 cities, hundreds of citizens, business groups, environmental advocates, community groups, scientists, and First Nations from Alberta, B.C., and Washington.

Minister Oliver recently mused that global warming was no longer a concern.

“I think that people aren’t as worried as they were before about global warming of two degrees,” he said.


Posted on February 26, 2014, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I see that Joe Oliver,Natural Resources Minister…. intends to meet the June deadline ….to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline …

    After a public Hearing the Enbridge Project was approved with the much hated Kitimat –Douglas Channel routing remaining —and 209 conditions –which will be HANDLED by some ‘experts’ and NO PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT ! Expect a similar result at the upcoming Kinder Morgan Twinning project which will result in an order of magnitude traffic increase in Bitumen laden tankers in our busy Vancouver Harbour and busy shipping channels in the southern gulf Islands. Expect some ‘conditions’ for KM ; and again with no public involvement for resolution. Matters not—PM Harper wants to win the pipe line BATTLE and move on before the 2015 Federal election—where he may lose the WAR..

    All along there was a simple solution that would have addressed most public concerns .That is form a joint-venture of the wannabe pipe liners and create one combined pipeline system from Alberta to a shipping terminal just north of Prince Rupert with open ocean access to world markets….and thus addressing most of the public concerns about bitumen spills in our narrow, busy ocean passes…and potential damage to the BC’ multi-billion dollar tourist ‘ocean and international nature lovers’ related trade ..With the recent delay of Keystone XL pipe line project ,by the Nebraska Legislature, we might as well invite TransCanada to join in and with a minimum of disruption to BC lands create one neat pipeline system to market Alberta Bitumen ..and gain public support by showing PUBLIC CONCERN —that’s why our leaders were elected—right LEAD !
    Come on leaders—it’s not too late to free your governments from this pipe lines ‘tar’ baby !

  2. If “Conservative” “Minister” Joe Oliver really thinks that no-one is concerned about 2 degrees of Global Warming, then he’s not qualified for the job. What’s so conservative about riding roughshod over the lives of people, animals and entire eco-systems? 2 degrees would only lead to 2 or 3 more, until we have a snowball effect, like on the planet Venus.
    Are we from there? Did we do the same thing there? Did we do the same thing in Atlantis?
    This is a very complex and inter-connected world that we depend on for our lives. Let’s not ruin it completely for the profit of Multi National Corporations. Canadians would not reap any profits, and would be stuck with the clean-up and a dead country. We’re already hurting enough!!

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