U.S.-owned Kinder Morgan Canada Co. didn’t wait for regulatory approval before disrupting salmon and trout spawning in several rivers it plans to cross with its controversial expansion of the Trans Mountain diluted bitumen pipeline from Edmonton to Vancouver.
Last month, biologists working for Kinder Morgan “laid plastic fencing on the bottom of some sections of five streams,” the Financial Post reports, “in preparation for pipeline construction there in early 2018.” The company planned to lay similar mats cut from plastic snow-fencing, to deter fish from spawning in sections of 21 other streams in British Columbia and Alberta.
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Citing a letter posted on the National Energy Board (NEB) website, the Post says the regulator has ordered the company “to stop installing the mats until it has obtained all approvals from the board to allow the start of construction in those areas.”
It was only the latest regulatory reprimand for the project.
Last month, the NEB warned the Houston-based pipeliner not to begin construction on its $7.4-billion “expansion”—in reality, a replacement of a legacy line along a different route—until it had fulfilled all the conditions the agency set when it approved the line last year. Until August 30, Kinder Morgan had met only 27 of 49 conditions required to begin construction of its Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C. earlier this month, the NEB ordered new hearings on some of the new line’s planned deviations from its original course.