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Kinder Morgan slammed for 'accidentally' omitting oil pipeline maps in federal application (UPDATED)

Parliament asked to require Texas company to "re-start" its application after it neglected to upload oil pipeline maps to NEB website for people to see

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The company states that homes will not be expropriated, but it can apply to obtain "right-of-entry" for lands that it needs to alter.

"A key objective is to treat each landowner fairly and equitably," states its website.

Of concern to many, including citizen groups and First Nations, is the pipeline may also approach drinking-water aquifers, schools and homes.

It’s not clear if the company also erroneously did not provide the online maps for areas near Kamloops, Merritt, Hope, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, and Surrey.

Kinder Morgan said Wednesday its maps "were shown to communities during our open houses in the summer of 2013."

Pipelines pushed

Speeding up the approvals for pipelines to get land-locked oilsands bitumen to tidal waters has been a top priority for the Harper government.  It recently passed a law to expedite hearings that allow the public to comment on proposed projects.

Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver on Vancouver waterfront, Sept 2012

Federal Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver on Vancouver's waterfront

Conservative Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver wrote in an open letter in 2012 that "environmental and other radical groups" were using regulatory hearings to frustrate and cause unnecessary delays.

"These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.  They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects," wrote Oliver.

2,000 applications to participate in the Kinder Morgan hearing were received by the NEB, prior to the now expired Feb.12 deadline.  

Registered to submit letters or act as intervenors are: 15 cities, hundreds of citizens, business groups, environmental advocates, community groups, scientists, and First Nations from Alberta, B.C., and Washington.

Minister Oliver recently mused that global warming was no longer a concern.

"I think that people aren't as worried as they were before about global warming of two degrees," he said.

Trans Mountain pipeline - photo by Ian Stephen

Trans Mountain pipeline - photo by Ian Stephen
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