Burnaby mayor asks Trudeau to stop Trans Mountain Pipeline review

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Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan wrote a letter asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put a stop to the Trans Mountain Pipeline review, calling the National Energy Board’s review process “deeply flawed.”

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SEE ALSO: Province opposes Kinder Morgan pipeline after failure to meet requirements

Prime Minister Trudeau had previously promised an overhaul of the NEB’s review process, but it won’t come soon enough for Corrigan, since the Trans Mountain pipeline review is set for January 18. There has been no announcement yet on how the process will change.

“I am now writing to request that the amendments be expedited to avoid perpetuation of the current, deeply flawed NED process that the public and your government have already acknowledged is inadequate,” reads Corrigan’s letter.

He said stakeholders, First Nations people, and potential environmental impacts should be duly represented in the review process.

As such, Corrigan has requested all current hearings be immediately suspended until a new review process can be implemented.

The provincial government recently said they don’t support the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion since the energy giant failed to meet criteria set out by them.

The provincial government cited a poor track record with Trans Mountain’s emergency release responses. In the case of the Ward Road gas release, five odour complaints were lodged, but the company failed to do anything about it until a week later.

Additionally, they’ve had a total of seven reported gas releases and oil spills in the last 10 years.

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