By: Conversations for Responsible Economic Development
We love and value the west coast of British Columbia for its creativity, innovation, quality of life and unparalleled natural beauty. This is why we live, work and own businesses here. We share a common concern around the impact the proposed new Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline would have on the province, and in particular the communities closest to it. The expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, if it goes ahead, would be a rare development project that would inevitably influence the region’s economic development path for at least the next 40 years. It would involve a new pipeline running underneath communities from Edmonton to Burnaby and an increased frequency of tanker traffic through the Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea. However, so far there has been a real lack of public information available about the project. We came together to respond to this concern – our goal is to conduct independent research about all aspects of the Kinder Morgan proposal and share the results with others. We believe that better decisions will be made if there is an open, robust and informed conversation about the project’s risks and potential benefits before the approval process any further forward. We invite everyone to participate in the conversation to ensure we are getting all of the facts – before it’s too late.