Sunday, March 15, 2015
deepening concern over pipeline
By Lynn Perrin, Pipe Up
first encountered Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain staff in Sept. 2011
when their contractors were cutting trees in the greenspace 100
meters from my home.
I was told they were doing
that to create a clear view for their twice weekly helicopter
inspection of the pipeline.
This did not bring me much
comfort. I then heard about the expansion through reading a letter
to Abbotsford City Council in Nov 2011 and grew more concerned. The
event that solidified my concern was the Jan 2012 spill at the Sumas
I went to the meeting that residents who were overcome from the
emissions held at Straighton Hall. I and others were frustrated by
the refusal by both Kinder Morgan and the NEB to tell folks who had
nausea and headaches what was spilled. I called the NEB the next
morning and was told that the contents of the product going through
the pipeline were "commercial proprietary information" and trumped
public health concerns.
Since hearing that, I have spent about 20 hours per week researching
all of the aspects of diluted bitumen and how Kinder Morgan Trans
Mountain operates. The more I learn, the more concerned I am for my
Another concern is the health and safety of my 11-year-old grandson
and his peers. He goes to Clayburn Middle School which is near the
pipeline. His former elementary and future senior secondary schools
are among the 23 schools between Hope and Burnaby that are close to
the pipeline as well.
I am deemed to be "Directly Affected" by the NEB and will be writing
a Letter of Comment. I am also the lead researcher for PIPE UP
Network who is an Intervenor in the NEB hearing.
If you are curious about
what PIPE UP Network has submitted it is at this
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