FVRD applies for NEB intervenor status

Fraser Valley Regional District seeks seat at table of Kinder Morgan pipeline hearing.

FVRD chair Sharon Gaetz

The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) has applied to the National Energy Board as an intervenor in the Trans Mountain pipeline just in time for the Wednesday deadline.

Individuals and groups that are directly affected by Kinder Morgan’s expansion project had until noon on Feb. 12 to submit an application to act either as intervenor, or to provide written comment, to the NEB during their review of Kinder Morgan’s facilities application.

The company has applied to twin their existing 60-year-old Edmonton to Burnaby pipeline at a cost of $5.4 billion, nearly tripling Kinder Morgan’s carrying capacity along the route.

At a special FVRD board meeting Tuesday night, directors debated what pipeline issues are of most concern to them, the cost of applying for intervenor status, and whether such an application would overlap with those that member municipalities are making on their own.

FVRD chair Sharon Gaetz said the district is seeking intervenor status in order to get their foot in the door.

“It’s basically a placeholder so that if the discussions that we had with Kinder Morgan seemed to be contentious, we would have an opportunity to defend them in front of NEB. That’s the main advantage to having intervenor status,” said Gaetz.

FVRDThe regional district has so far allocated a week’s of staff time, worth $5,000, to prepare. If more funds are needed, staff will return to the board for approval.

“In the meantime, behind all of this, we have been meeting together with Kinder Morgan, and talking to Kinder Morgan, and expressing our points of view. We feel that they have been receptive to our concerns, but we’ll still keep our toe in the door to make sure so that that opportunity doesn’t close on us,” said Gaetz.

Gaetz confirmed that Sumas Mountain Inter-Regional Park, jointly managed by the FVRD and Metro Vancouver, is of particular concern. The mountain east of Abbotsford is home to a Kinder Morgan pump station that would be expanded under the proposed project. The station spilled 110,000 litres of oil on Jan. 24, 2012, causing an outcry from local residents.

The City of Abbotsford has also applied for intervenor status on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Gaetz admitted that while there may be some overlap in the concerns expressed by FVRD and the city, they would be minor because the two bodies have different areas of responsibility.

Just Posted

Road to the World Juniors leads through Langley

Finland plays Denmark on Wednesday, United States takes on Czech Republic on Saturday

How the Grinch stole a Langley senior’s Christmas

Mary Kydd said her car was broken into at her apartment’s underground parking garage last week.

Langley family lights up the holidays

“Christmas at the Carlsons” is a light display with music

Last-minute gift giving can help Langley charities, too

Calendar, bears, and ornament sales all help local charities and causes abroad

New Langley biker club has links to Hells Angels: police

The Street Reapers were formed late last year and have been seen in Fort Langley.

‘Are we going to play?’ Alberta boy with rare illness no big deal for classmates

Porter Stanley is one of 30 people in the world to be diagnosed with Beare-Stevenson syndrome, a craniofacial disorder.

Publication ban on name of girl killed in Abbotsford school lifted

Reimer’s family had supported an application by Black Press to lift ban

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

RCMP, civilian vehicles rammed in North Okanagan incident

Police attempt to stop truck near Enderby, thought to be tied to alleged Salmon Arm armed robbery

Watchdog called after man says Coquitlam cop shut car door on his leg

The Independent Investigations Office is probing an incident that occurred in Coquitlam last weekend

10-lane George Massey bridge too big, B.C. study says

Consultants say replacement tunnel cost similar to new bridge

Couple caught up in B.C. Legislature bomb plot to learn their fate

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested as part of an undercover RCMP sting on Canada Day 2013

Ryan Reynolds to narrate movie about B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver-born actor known for Deadpool movies will voice film to be released Feb. 15, 2019

Most Read