Kinder Morgan president to take your phone calls about pipeline

Want to speak to the president of Kinder Morgan about its pipeline plans?  Now's your chance.

Ian Anderson president Kinder Morgan Canada
Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson and a pipeline construction -- company photo

The President of Kinder Morgan Canada will answer questions from the public over its contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project -- not in person -- but by phone in a series of virtual "town halls" this week.

"The town halls provide an opportunity for the public to have one-on-one conversations with Mr. Anderson and hear questions from other community residents," said a company statement.

Kinder Morgan has put out thousands of calls since Sunday to citizens in the Lower Mainland, inviting people to call in to speak with Ian Anderson, according to this schedule:

  • Sept. 16, 6:30 pm - for residents in Coquitlam, Port Moody, Langley and Surrey
  • Sept. 16, 7:45 pm - for Burnaby residents
  • Sept. 18, 6:30pm - for Vancouver residents
  • Sept. 18, 7:45pm - for Abbotsford, Chilliwack and additional Langley residents

The company is not publishing its dial-in telephone number for legal reasons, it said.  Citizens will be robo-called, and provided the number.

"We're focusing on communities that are on existing and expansion routes, with the exception of Vancouver, which is on the marine corridor," said a spokesperson.

Plans for the interior for such "phone in" town halls are also expected.

The company said a "moderator" will decide who gets to go on the line.

"We're expecting quite a few questions, and they'll be put in a queue.  We're hoping all the questions can be asked," said a spokesperson.

Burnaby Mountain battle

The company is contending with a growing public relations challenge ever since the Mayor of Burnaby rejected the company's attempts to do test drill work on Burnaby Mountain.  

The company wants to explore a new route under the mountain, to complete its new pipeline from Edmonton to its Burnaby terminal.

Kinder Morgan Canada last held an actual public town hall in April in Burnaby, and expects to do more in the future, the company said.

The company said the full audio of the town halls will be posted online.

Mayor Corrigan at Kinder Morgan rally

Burnaby Mayor Corrigan at rally against Kinder Morgan on Saturday - photo by Mark Klotz
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