After Kinder Morgan employees arrived with chain saws to “assess” a proposed pipeline route through a municipal conservation area, the City of Burnaby, British Columbia issued a stop work order, challenging the company’s right to damage property protected by municipal bylaws. “It’s astonishing that, as a private corporation, Kinder Morgan thinks they have the right to override our citizens’ wishes and the laws that have been put in place to reflect the value our citizens place on these sensitive, irreplaceable ecosystems,” said Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan. The city would grant access for non-invasive work, he added, “but absolutely not to do what they arrived to do—to cut down trees to create helicopter landing pads and sites for drilling bore holes on this protected land.”
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