Kinder Morganâ€™s pipeline expansion proposal is being checked out by Langley Township staff, with an eye to dealing with alignment issues, reducing impacts on public property, and protecting the environment.
The study was ordered by a motion passed by council on Monday evening, directing staff to determine the most appropriate role the Township could play in an upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) public hearing.
While the Township is neutral on the proposed expansion, â€œWe have a responsibility to ensure municipal property, infrastructure, and the environment are protected,â€ Mayor Jack Froese said.
â€œThere are a number of ways we may proceed,â€ he said. â€œWhether we participate through intervenor status, as a government participant, or through some other means, we want to reserve our right to comment on the pipelineâ€™s alignment.â€
Kinder Morgan Canada is proposing to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. The pipeline runs through the north of the Township.
The Township has no regulatory powers over the proposal, but can provide input. The pipeline is in federal government jurisdiction.
The NEB, an independent, quasi-judicial agency established by the federal government that regulates pipelines, energy development, and trade, is reviewing the expansion application and is holding a public hearing as part of that process.
Those who are directly affected by the proposed expansion project will be allowed to participate in the NEB hearing, and those with relevant information or expertise may be allowed to participate.
Those who want to participate must submit an application before noon on Feb. 12. Visit neb-one.gc.ca.
Froese encouraged those who are directly affected by the proposal to seek intervenor status themselves through the NEB.
Township staff will look at what neighbouring municipalities are doing, with the possibility of combining efforts to reduce costs and maximize effectiveness.
Staff will also advise Council on the estimated cost of legal fees and staff time that it could cost.
Staff will report back to Council and a vote will be held on Feb. 3.