Kinder Morgan has failed to answer almost half of the questions posed by the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby on the company's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion into B.C., Canada.
In a statement issued on Friday last week, the City of Vancouver states that Kinder Morgan has failed to answer 291 of nearly 600 questions submitted by them through the National Energy Board (NEB), and 315 of the 688 questions submitted by Burnaby.
The more than 1200 questions submitted by the two municipalities covered a broad range of issues connected to Kinder Morgan's 15 000 page proposal, including those covering job creation levels, climate change and emergency response plans.
"Because the city has very significant questions that focus on the hundreds of ways in which Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline and tank farm would threaten our city and region’s safety, security and liveability, we again asked Kinder Morgan to provide answers," Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan said in the statement.
"Unfortunately – but not surprisingly – Kinder Morgan has again failed to show respect for our citizens’ questions by refusing to answer almost half."
Vancouver and Burnaby say they will continue to call on the NEB to force Kinder Morgan to address these outstanding issues.
“The city continues to find very significant gaps in the information that Kinder Morgan has provided for a project that puts our environment and our economy at risk,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said.
Trans Mountain spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said the company tried to thoroughly answer all the questions it could, but some were outside the scope of the NEB process.
Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner
Sources: CBC, CTV News