BURNABY (NEWS1130) – A local MP says expropriation is a possibility for people, if an expanded Kinder Morgan pipeline is approved.

Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart is now pushing for landowners to know their rights before this is an issue.

“[Cities include] Burnaby, Surrey, Kamloops, Langley…all of the municipalities running from Burnaby to Edmonton,” he explains, noting the line could also pass through 15 first nations communities.

“That route is not very specific,” he adds. “Then they get down to the nitty-gritty of whose property this is going to pass through. If the pipeline has been accepted by the National Energy Board [and] you don’t want to sell your property… they can come and take it.”

Stewart has a suggestion for people who suspect they may live along the route. “I would go out my back door and see if there are any little flags around that say ‘This is the pipeline route.’ I’ve walked a lot of the route in Burnaby it goes by a lot of houses. It is clearly marked for safety reasons.”

Any expansion of a pipeline could be years away, if it is approved at all.

“There is a very good chance that municipalities will have very little say on this project and it will have major impact, I think, on emergency response, disruption to local traffic,” he adds.