British Columbia

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline could cross B.C. parks

Kinder Morgan is asking the province to allow it to route the Trans Mountain expansion project pipeline through B.C.'s Finn Creek, North Thompson River and Bridal Veil Falls provincial parks and through the Lac Du Bois Grasslands protected area.

B.C. Parks and Trans Mountain Expansion Project are collecting feedback until Oct. 12

Kinder Morgan has proposed to triple the capacity of its existing Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries crude oil and other products from Alberta to Port Metro Vancouver. (Kinder Morgan Canada)

Kinder Morgan, which ran into conflict with the City of Burnaby over pipeline surveying work it began on municipal parkland, has submitted plans showing its new pipeline routed through a protected grassland and three provincial parks in B.C.

In what's called a Provincial Protected Area Boundary Adjustment application, the company is asking the province to allow it to route the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline line through four protected areas from just southeast of the Wells Gray area and roughly 200 kilometres north of Kamloops, to just east of Chilliwack.

If the application is approved, land would be removed from:

• Finn Creek Provincial Park.
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• North Thompson River Provincial Park.
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• Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected Area.
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•  Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park.
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Kinder Morgan would use the removed land until construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is complete.

The company says once it is finished, the land may be returned to park status.

Public feedback is being collected until Oct. 12 through an online feedback form the company has created

B.C. Parks says it will receive a summary of that feedback from the company, and that it is also accepting public comments through its own online form. Those comments will also be shared with Kinder Morgan, B.C. Parks said.

In the coming weeks, Kinder Morgan also plans to submit an application for a resource permit in the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area.

In the meantime, Kinder Morgan and the City of Burnaby are each standing their ground: the pipeline company said it would consult its legal counsel as to its rights to conduct geotechnical assessment work, and the city has filed suit asking for an injunction to stop the company from cutting trees on Burnaby Mountain.

With files from the CBC's Rob Zimmerman