A small group of concerned citizens opposing Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline gathered outside a Burnaby hotel as the National Energy Board (NEB) began three days of hearings on the project.
Elsie Dean, 93, has been living in Burnaby for 40 years and doesn’t want to see Kinder Morgan’s tank farm there expanded to support the pipeline project.
“It’s ridiculous if you know about how small Burnaby inlet is and all the bridges and all the industrial traffic that’s going on there,” said Dean.
The NEB is schedule to hear from nearby homeowners and Burnaby city council at the hearings.
John Clark didn’t get an invite to speak at the hearings even though he lives 300 metres from the tank farm.
Clark said the NEB is basically an unelected quasi-judicial body with a lot of power to make decisions “on constitutional issues and they’ve been allowed to run roughshod and were given that power by the Harper government.”
Burnaby and Vancouver have expressed its disapproval of the project because of the environmental risks, that was approved the Justin Trudeau government near the end of 2016.