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Is Trans Mountain’s Burnaby lawsuit a set-up?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, Trans Mountain Pipeline, wants to build a larger pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to it’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, BC. This will triple the amount of diluted bitumen flowing through the lines. The city of Burnaby does not want this. On September 2, it stopped a Trans Mountain’s crew from working in a Burnaby park. The National Energy Board (NEB) intervened, which led to the crew’s return on Wednesday, October 29. They found their path obstructed by concerned Burnaby residents. This was expected. According to a witness, the Trans Mountain crew brought three cameras and only two chainsaws. The following day, five of the protestors were served with what has been described as a “1,000 page” lawsuit.  That sounds like a lot of work for Kinder Morgan’s lawyers to prepare in one day. Is Trans Mountain’s Burnaby lawsuit a set-up?

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Kinder Morgan filed an injunction against Burnaby Residents

The City of Burnaby’s Application for Leave to Appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal, about the NEB’s Ruling, is being served today.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Kinder Morgan has filed an injunction against Burnaby residents preventing one of its crews from doing a feasibility study on Burnaby Mountain. At 5 pm Thursday, five defendants were served with a pile of legal documents “over three inches deep.” Simon Fraser University (SFU) professor Lynne Quarmby, SFU professor Stephen Collis, Adam Gold,  Mia Nisson and  Alan Dutton will appear in BC Supreme Court today at 2 pm today. The court will decide whether to “restrain” them from their “trespass upon Burnaby lands, and their wrongful obstruction, impeding, interfering with and prevention of” the pipeline company’s activities. Kinder Morgan is claiming it loses at least $5.5 million in direct costs and $88 million in lost revenue every month the Trans Mountain Pipeline project is delayed is also seeking a permanent injunction, damages, interest and cost. Yet the pipeline company is in the park against the City of Burnaby’s expressed wishes and it is not certain if the NEB ruling that gave the pipeline company access is legal.

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