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City submits nearly 600 more questions that Kinder Morgan must answer

January 16 2015

“If there is any hope of the NEB making a decision that truly reflects the public interest of Canadians then all the facts must be on the table," states Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston.

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In our status as an intervenor, we have submitted nearly 600 additional questions to Kinder Morgan to answer as part of the completion of the second round of information requests held by the National Energy Board (NEB).

About the questions we submitted

These questions, which range from the purported benefits of the project to emergency preparedness, are a result of us continuing to find very significant gaps in the information that Kinder Morgan has previously provided in their 15,000 page proposal for the project as well as previous responses to the first round of information requests and technical updates.

It is imperative that all of our questions are fully answered by the company this time. In the first round of requests, Kinder Morgan failed to answer nearly 150 of the 394 questions submitted by us. 

Given the recent drop in oil prices, we have also asked Kinder Morgan to explain the economic feasibility of the proposed expansion should oil prices remain below the price of $90.00 per barrel which was the price the company modeled its production growth on. 

Majority of questions focus on Kinder Morgan's emergency management

While the 597 questions cover a broad range of issues including discrepancies between estimated levels of job creation, climate change, and risks to human health, the majority of the questions focus on Kinder Morgan’s emergency management. These questions highlight concerns about Kinder Morgan’s:

  • Emergency and spill response plan
  • How the company has approached the risk assessments for the management of the pipeline
  • Potential human health and marine risks

Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston states: “If there is any hope of the NEB making a decision that truly reflects the public interest of Canadians then all the facts must be on the table. Since the NEB has chosen to exclude oral cross-examination and is instead relying on written questions and answers,  it’s imperative that Kinder Morgan answer the questions posed by the City and other intervenors in a full, open and transparent way.”

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