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Kinder Morgan isn't prepared to deal with any sort of major fire at its Burnaby Mountain facility, says the fire department. There's also concern from firefighters about a lack of information the company is sharing.

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Lynn Squance (235)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:23 pm
Along with the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline that hopes to link tar sands bitumen with the BC coast at Kitimat, BC for transport oversees, Texas based Kinder Morgan is hoping to twin its existing pipeline from Alberta to their Burnaby Mountain facility which is part of Metro Vancouver. The new pipeline would triple the amount of oil/bitumen being transported. However, Kinder Morgan is not being forthcoming with their disaster management plan and are citing "confidential information" when asked by the city for their disaster plan among other matters. They won't even allow the city fire department to know what chemicals are on site and won't provide the fire department with a layout of the facility. Of the 394 questions the City of Vancouver put to them in writing, they refused to answer 145. Sound like a good corporate citizen?

In an April 2014 article ‘Opportunities’ knock with oil spills: Kinder Morgan, the company shows its Republicanus/Teabagger roots when it said:
"“Marine spills can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies over the short- and long-term,” said the excerpt. “Spill response creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions and clean-up providers.”"

In 2007, the existing Kinder Morgan pipeline ruptured sending a geyser of oil high into the air that managed to coat an entire neighbourhood. Some homes had to be knocked down because the damage was to great. Others took a long time to be fixed. All the soil in the neighbourhood had to be carted off because of contamination. As I recall, this was a year long project before people could move back into their homes. Kinder Morgan wasn't prepared for that disaster either.

This plan is close to me and I don't want to more people subjected to having to deal with this deceitful company.

Kinder Morgan is NOT a good corporate citizen.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 9:29 pm
Sounds eerily like what the guy running against Wendy Davis to replace Perry in TX has to say about the public knowing about chemical risks in their communities (said something like drive around and go up to the companies you find and ask them). Hope Vancouver gets its answers before anyone considers approvals.

P A (117)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 11:40 pm
How do these companies get away with this sort of behaviour?!

"“It’s interesting to me how we’re supposed to fully understand the impacts of the facility currently and in the future when the information required to understand that is being very overtly withheld,” says Bowcock.

"But he adds Kinder Morgan isn’t being cooperative in providing information.

"“I want an emergency response plan that identifies what the risks are, how they’re going to be dealt with, what the hard numbers are… the facts are on that facility,” he explains.

"Bowcock says with Kinder Morgan poised to twin its existing pipeline and increase the amount of tankers at Burnaby Mountain, coming up with an emergency plan will be even more important.

~"“By building out this facility to an even greater extent, it puts those risks as close as 20 metres to the community,” he says."

Good grief - if I lived there I would pull up facts on similar installations that had gone horribly wrong costing lives and causing hideous pollution - and call a town meeting!
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