British Columbia

Kinder Morgan needs to disclose more on safety plans, says B.C. Premier Christy Clark

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is demanding Kinder Morgan disclose more details about its safety plans before the province approves the company's $5.4-billion pipeline expansion project.
A Simon Fraser University study challenges Kinder Morgan's estimate of the number of jobs the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion will create. (Kinder Morgan Canada)

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is demanding Kinder Morgan disclose more details about its safety plans before the province approves the company's $5.4-billion pipeline expansion project. 

The National Energy Board rejected the government's call for more information after the pipeline company submitted an incomplete version of its existing spill-response plans.

The energy regulator says it is satisfied with the amount of information Kinder Morgan supplied, though it raised concerns over how clearly the company communicated the reasons for the information it left out.

But Clark says Kinder Morgan hasn't met the five conditions set out by the province, and until that happens, it won't be going ahead with the project.

Michael Davies, a senior director with Kinder Morgan, says the company is more than willing to share it's complete safety plans with the province, municipal governments and first-response agencies along the Trans Mountain pipeline route.

Davies says it's not an issue a secrecy, but of whether making those safety plans public is appropriate.

Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain project would involve twinning an existing pipeline running from Alberta to the Vancouver area, which would see its bitumen-carrying capacity triple. 

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