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Trans Mountain wants higher tolls, and they won’t cover even half its price tag

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Trans Mountain wants to charge oil shippers more to use the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline (TMX), but those increased tolls wouldn’t cover even half of the project’s $30.9-billion price tag.

“There has never been an instance in any western country — that I’m aware of — where tolls have been set below the level required to cover the cost of the operation of a pipeline,” said Thomas Gunton, professor and director of the Resource and Environmental Planning Program at Simon Fraser University in B.C.

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Three Intervenors Speak Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearings

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Former BC Hyrdo CEO Marc Elieson claims the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand its pipeline calls the review a farce whose outcome was decided before the hearings began. In the interview that follows, he explains why he withdrew from the hearings. I combined it with clips from interviews with Greg McDade, lawyer for the City of Burnaby, and Andrew Weaver, MLA for Gordon Head in Victoria, for  “Three Intervenors Speak Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearings.”

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What Is Going On With The Trans Mountain Pipeline Project?

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Greg McDade, lawyer for the City of Burnaby, says “it is time to question the legitimacy of the whole NEB process.” Andrew Weaver, MLA for Gordon Head in Victoria adds ” …. there is so little trust left in the actual energy board itself, that the B.C. Government has to step in …” What is going on with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project?

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Former BC Hydro CEO calls Pipeline Hearings a Public Deception

By Roy L Hales

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Prior to becoming an intervenor in the Trans Mountain Pipeline Review, Marc Eliesen was the CEO of BC Hydro, former chair of Manitoba Hydro, a board member at Suncor and a deputy minister in seven federal and provincial governments. He offered the National Energy Board (NEB) the insights drawn from 40 years in senior executive positions. In the letter of withdrawal he emailed the NEB last Sunday, the  former BC Hydro CEO calls the Pipeline Hearings a public deception

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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

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Kinder 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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