An attorney for Kinder Morgan Canada says political resistance to the Trans Mountain project in Burnaby, B.C. has “poisoned the well” and disrupted the regulatory review process in town.
In a hearing in the National Energy Board, Maureen Killoran laid out discussions about how protracted delays in permit approvals in the city have put back the $7.4-billion pipeline expansion project.
Killoran says strong and vocal opposition by Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan to the project has produced an atmosphere of resistance, even if he’s not specifically interfered in the procedure.
She says that over a year after the federal cabinet approved the project, and weeks of involvement with Burnaby, the firm still has no regional approvals in place to start work on expanding oil storage and loading facilities in town.
Burnaby, which has yet to present oral arguments, stated in its legal filings that Trans Mountain’s inherent question is misguided and premature since the city has yet to make any conclusions on the licenses.
With no conclusions yet made, Burnaby says it is up to Trans Mountain to demonstrate that the city has delayed the process and says that the company hasn’t done so.