Tell Kinder Morgan they must acknowledge protections for the Sardis/Vedder Aquifer.
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Kinder Morgan is dismissing the City's concerns about adequate aquifer protections during pipeline expansion.
From the release dated May 5th from the City of Chilliwack.
"“I am concerned that Kinder Morgan would imply that we haven’t clearly communicated our concerns over the safety of one of our greatest resources, our drinking water, and find it preposterous that this concern wouldn’t be taken into account when considering the option of routing within the BC Hydro right-of-way in Balmoral Park,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz.
The City of Chilliwack is asking Kinder Morgan to forward a complete unredacted copy of the BC Hydro study for independent review to help the City determine if alternatives to safeguard Chilliwack’s drinking water were considered.
In its letter, Kinder Morgan also rejected the City’s request for automated vapour monitoring to ensure early detection of leaking oil.
“We take our obligation to protect drinking water very seriously. An independent consultant identified automated vapour monitoring as an important tool to help ensure the safety of our drinking water and I am shocked that Kinder Morgan would be so dismissive,” said Mayor Gaetz.
In response to Kinder Morgan’s letter, Mayor Gaetz criticized the company for their lack of attention to detail and accuracy, expressing a growing dissatisfaction with its disregard for Chilliwack’s natural resources."
Send a clear message to the NEB and Kinder Morgan: The City's clearly expressed concerns for adequate protections of safe/clean drinking water from the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer needs to be a top priority.
UPDATE: I've just received this from the Water Wealth Project, with information about the Pipeline Happy Hour 3 at Major League 2 starting today May 5th at 5pm.
We're down to the final push for statements on the route of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Good news is that awareness and consensus on the issue is growing!
The City filed a letter calling for the route to avoid Browne Creek Wetlands and for a route along Highway 1 to be considered to protect the Aquifer, and then today a very strongly worded press release advising that residents "should let the NEB know that the protection of our aquifer is a priority."
Ts'elxweyeqw Tribe voted down a deal with Kinder Morgan March 22, and also filed a statement with the NEB calling for the route to be rejected. The aquifer featured strongly in concerns raised in the Ts'exlweyeqw statement.
We only have until Sunday to file statements and the NEB's online systems may be down for service any time between 6pm today and noon Saturday so if you choose to e-file perhaps wait till Saturday afternoon. But you can also mail statements too! Info on our web page.
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