Trans Mountain pipeline: Burnaby stops work by Kinder Morgan crews

The battle between the City of Burnaby and Kinder Morgan over the extension of the Trans Mountain pipleline is heating up after municipal officers issued stop work orders to crews surveying the pipeline's proposed route under Burnaby Mountain on Tuesday.

Company says survey crews will be back on Wednesday, but will not be clearing trees

Kinder Morgan is proposing to reroute parts of the expanded Trans Mountain Pipeline though Burnaby and other parts of Metro Vancouver. (CBC )

The battle between the City of Burnaby and Kinder Morgan over the extension of the Trans Mountain pipleline is heating up after municipal officers issued stop work orders to crews surveying the pipeline's proposed route under Burnaby Mountain on Tuesday.

Energy giant Kinder Morgan wants to bore a hole under the mountain in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby to Burrard Inlet as part of a proposal to nearly triple the capacity of the existing pipeline, but the city has vowed to block the project however it can. 

This photo shows the neighbourhood of Parkcrest in North Burnaby, with Burnaby Mountain in the background. (Flying Penguin/Pacific Spirit Photography/Wikimedia Commons)

The two-kilometre section though the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area would link the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.

The company says the new route would minimize traffic disruption during construction and avoid four privately-owned properties.

Yesterday, crews showed up with chainsaws with the intention of removing a rotten tree,  but were stopped by city officials who issued to stop work orders based on conservation bylaws.

The city say Trans Mountain may have a right to be on Burnaby Mountain but they don't have the right to cut trees in a conservation area

But Trans Mountain Pipeline spokesperson Ali Hounsell says the National Energy Board has already ruled that the company has the right to access the area and conduct the survey work.

"We are committed to persevering with the work that we need to do that we believe has been authorized by the National Energy Board. We are consulting our legal counsel to determine next steps," said Hounsell.

"It's the kind of work we have been doing for the last year and a half...all up and down the proposed pipeline route from Edmonton to Burnaby."

Hounsell says crews will be back on Wednesday, but won't do any clearing until they are given the green light.


 


 


 

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.