Stop the tunnel construction on Burnaby Mountain

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The following concerns were raised by the City of Burnaby with regards to Kinder Morgan boring its hole through Burnaby Mountain. These concerns have been dismissed by the NEB. Issues of sandy soil content, slope stability, the risk of seismic activity, and questions about where oil would go if there’s a rupture inside the mountain


It has been brought to my attention that Burnaby Mountain is made of Glacier Moraine the same landform as the Hope slide which killed 4 people in 1965.

Glacier Moraine

Moraines are accumulations of dirt and rocks that have fallen onto the glacier surface or have been pushed along by the glacier as it moves. This means that this landform is constantly moving rendering instability.

Hope Slide

A landslide is the general term that describes the movement of rock, soil and other debris down a slope as a result of gravitational pull. Landslides are most likely to occur in mountainous regions but may occur on any slope.

There are many factors that can contribute to the likelihood of a landslide, including geological causes such as weak or sensitive materials, morphological causes such as tectonic plate shifting or soil erosion, and human causes such as deforestation, water leakage, imposed vibrations or excavation.

The Hope landslide was caused by the presence of pre-existing tectonic structures. Ongoing weathering and tectonic activity weakened the slide mass to the point where it had reached limiting equilibrium.

One of the most tragic landslides in Canadian history was the Hope Slide, which occurred at 7 a.m. on January 9, 1965, in the Nicolum Valley in the Cascade Mountains near Hope, British Columbia.[1]


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