Kinder Morgan has accepted five conditions for its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline twinning — including 32.5 kilometres buried through Kamloops — set down by Environment Minister Terry Lake.
Project director Greg Toth was in Kamloops Tuesday to speak with Kamloops council and meet with reporters on Kinder Morgan’s proposal, which is in its preliminary stage.
“We’ve acknowledged the five conditions and are committed to working with the provincial government to meet them,” Toth said in an interview.
Lake and Mary Polak, minister for aboriginal relations and reconciliation, announced in July any new or expanded pipelines must pass environmental reviews, have in place “world leading” systems to prevent and respond to oil spills on land and at sea, have support from First Nations and provide revenue and jobs to B.C.
Toth said the revenue expectations “are beyond our control” but the company is committed to meeting the highest standards.
Kinder Morgan is four months into its project, with a target of completion by 2017.
The project head said the company will look at pipelines worldwide to meet conditions set by the province.
“We think emergency response is one of our key skill sets,” Toth said. “It’s doing a review and seeing what’s out there.”
Lake said Wednesday both Kinder Morgan and Enbridge have committed to meeting the B.C. Liberal government’s conditions, outside the demand for jobs and revenue “which is more to do with Canada and Alberta than the proponent.”
But Kinder Morgan has not yet submitted an application to the National Energy Board, so the province lacks detailed knowledge of the plans.
“Because Kinder Morgan doesn’t have an official application to the National Energy Board, we haven’t had an official response,” Lake said. “Both companies have committed they could live up to those conditions.”
The province is probing whether the corporate structure of Enbridge will ensure it is held liable and has the financial capability of paying all costs in case of a major disaster. Lake said without an application to the National Energy Board, it is too early to ask those questions of Kinder Morgan.
Kamloops is one of two key pumping stations on the 60-year-old Trans-Mountain route. Under the plan it will see construction of a second, $30-million pumping station to push oil and other petroleum products through the Coast Mountains en route to Burnaby.
The city, along with Edmonton, the Lower Mainland and Clearwater are areas where urban growth may mean it is simpler to twin the line in a new location. The company expects to have preliminary alternative routing maps available early in the new year.