BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The company planning to install a second major pipeline through our province has released its proposed construction timeline.
But at least one critic believes the schedule is unrealistic.
Kinder Morgan plans to break ground in September, with boring for a tunnel into Burnaby Mountain happening in March of next year.
Long-time project opponent NDP MP Kennedy Stewart believes the company will first focus on expansion of tank farms and the marine terminal, where the least amount of permitting is needed.
But protests and politics could get in the way of the original timeline.
“Behind closed doors, the company has probably said it’s very dubious that they can hit this schedule. There are 19 court cases pending. We have a change in provincial government and they can order Kinder Morgan to go through a new environmental review.”
Then there are landowners and First Nations to be dealt with.
“We have the very tricky situation of this pipeline going through up to 15 First Nations reserves, many of whom are not in favour of this project.”
Hearings are scheduled this fall to go over landowners’ concerns with the actual pipeline route.
Submitting a detailed construction schedule was one of the conditions the company has to meet in order to begin the project.