VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, February 10, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The National Energy Board (NEB) has now opened up applications for the public to participate in hearings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline. Applications from individuals and groups wishing to participate will be only accepted until February 12, 2014.
They haven’t made it very easy for people to get involved, but we are here to help you through the process so that you can have your say.
To apply, members of the public must sign up on the NEB website and complete an online application.
Log onto the NEB website and apply online >>
Because of recent changes to Canadian environmental assessment legislation, participants are now required to prove that they are either “directly affected” by the proposed project or have “relevant expertise”. You’ll be asked to demonstrate how your personal concern or expertise relates to the list of issues being considered by the NEB.
The issues to be considered in the review are:
The need for the proposed project.
The economic feasibility of the proposed project.
The potential commercial impacts of the proposed project.
The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the proposed project, including any cumulative environmental effects that are likely to result from the project, including those required to be considered by the NEB’s Filing Manual.
The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of marine shipping activities that would result from the proposed project, including the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions that may occur.
The appropriateness of the general route and land requirements for the proposed project.
The suitability of the design of the proposed project.
The terms and conditions to be included in any approval the Board may issue.
Potential impacts of the project on Aboriginal interests.
Potential impacts of the project on landowners and land use.
Contingency planning for spills, accidents or malfunctions, during construction and operation of the project.
Safety and security during construction of the proposed project and operation of the project, including emergency response planning and third-party damage prevention.
The NEB has to approve your application – whether you want to participate as an intervenor or even if you just want to submit a written letter of comment. If you feel that you will be affected by the project in any way, it’s worth submitting an application to take part in the review process. Click here to visit the NEB website and apply.
If you’re applying to participate or have any other correspondence with the NEB, please let us know by emailing us at KMhearings@wildernesscommittee.org. We want to keep track of how many of our supporters are applying and what the response is like from the regulators. If you feel that you have a stake in this decision and are being turned away, keep us posted!
Workshops and additional support for applicants:
To support you through this process, many groups are hosting workshops in various communities. Staff and volunteers can help walk you through the online form, answer your questions about the process and make sure your concerns are submitted effectively to the NEB.
Upcoming Wilderness Committee workshops:
Last Chance Kinder Morgan Pipeline Review Registration Drop-in Workshop (Victoria)
Tues. February 11, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wilderness Committee Victoria office
#3 – 202 Fan Tan Alley
Facebook event page
For more info, read this backgrounder from our allies at Sierra Club BC, ForestEthics Advocacy and the PIPE UP Network.
To find out where your home, school, community centres, recreation sites, etc. are located in relation to the Kinder Morgan pipeline route, check out the Wilderness Committee’s maps.
Downloadable PDF maps (updated Jan. 2014):
Hope to Merritt
Merritt to Kamloops
For an interactive online map of the complete route, click here.
* In Feb. 2014, Kinder Morgan indicated that it was considering a potential “alternative” route through Coquitlam and Burnaby. To view a separate map showing the alternate route, click here.
Kinder Morgan has also submitted their own maps detailing areas that could be affected in the event of an oil spill. Click on the links below to view these maps and see the potential spread of oil in a spill scenario:
Terrestrial (land-based) spill maps
Tanker (marine-based) spill maps
Terminal spill maps
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