First NameLast NameYour comment on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker projectCityProvince / StateWere you permitted to comment directly to the National Energy Board on the project?
ColletteMartin

Please stop this pipeline! Think about the long term effects on our country over the short term monetary gains to Kinder Morgan!

North Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JanetHinton-Mann

There is no way we can stay true to the Paris agreement if we keep signing on to any project which encourages the use and profit from fossil fuels.

It is way past unreasonable to keep on thinking about pipelines.

Say no now. NO WAY NOW.

It makes me angry that I am still signing petitions against this pipeline. It is pure nonsense.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
NatalieBrenton

Please Mr. Trudeau,

You are a former resident of BC, your mother went to university on beautiful Burnaby Mountain. I'm raising my family here and I do not want this risky pipeline existing here. Please, do everything you can to stop this. Kinder Morgan's track record is abysmal.

Burnaby British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
VioletLedingham

There is no way that we can build more tar sands pipelines and fight climate change at the same time. There needs to be a shift in focus to geothermal energy, tidal energy, wind and solar energy. It is FREE and does not contribute to global warming.

96 North Hythe AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JanePhillips

Please, no more pipelines, no more tankers. no more kinder-morgan expansion

Saltspring IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CarolBoothroyd

Please please please stop the use of Burrard Inlet for shipping oil. I am not against pipelines or oil production - I drive a car, heat my house etc but PLEASE - save our beautiful inlet. Find another less vulnerable port or none at all. One spill mishap and it will be ruined. This is your chance to show us that you are listening. Thanks
Carol Boothroyd North Burnaby

4139 Yale St., n/aBritish ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
EnriqueMelendez

Just a friendly remainder: VALDEZ OIL SPILL...DO YOU REMEMBER THAT !!!!! I REST MY CASE !!!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SandraCurrie

We are total unprepared to deal with the consequences of the climate change that has already happened. So why cause more. Don't listen to the industry hacks, or the Harper appointed regulators. Listen to best science, then act accordingly.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
FrankKull

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

We know the science. There is no longer any real disagreement among climate scientists that we must not only limit the amount of carbon we pump into the atmosphere, but we must figure out how to remove some that is already in the atmosphere if we want to hold global warming to less than 2 degrees C. We know this.

When we are already in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging. Knowing beyond any reasonable doubt that we much transform our lives away from fossil fuels as soon as possible, it makes no sense at all to invest in additional fossil fuel infrastructure that is not actually needed.

Please do not give permission to the new Kinder Morgan pipeline. Thank you.

Dr. Frank Kull

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
jeanniegraham

Why oh why do we have to beg our government to do the right thing? We elected your party in order to have you stand with us and reject the KM expansion project! So now, why do we have to beg and scrape to have you do what we expected (and you promised) to do during your campaign.

We do not, hav e not, and will not ever grant permission for this pipeline! The biggest problem we have in tghe world today is #GREED!! It has becomde he be all and end all! Forget that we're killing the very environment we need to live in - poisoning the very waters we need to drink from - selling off our most important resource to a big corp for pennies, yes, literally pennies, whilst they make millions off ot it. Then what? What happens when that water is depleted?
That is just an example of what we are doing to our world - and it's ridiculous!! Let's just tell them NO and be done with it!!

9411 doyle rdBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RogerCaven

The possible advantages do not measure up to the risks to the environment and the population if the project goes ahead.
Roger Caven
roger_caven@telus.net

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Wm. J. Jr.Atfield

Dear Prime minister, Justin Trudeau :
As a Canadian citizen - first and foremost, of First Nation decent (( Six Nation’s Mohawk )) - I am appalled at this and other governments intent to step all over the rights and wishes of First Nations Peoples and that of Canadian citizen’s desire to preserve what is left of this pristine land.
During the past four hundred years or so the Europeans, namely French and British have raped, killed, pillaged and stole the hearts and souls of the First Nations People, out from under them as well as of their lands (( even though they have never before laid claim to ownership of the land )). The white men, in power, doing their best efforts at genocide took it a step further and imprisoned the First Nations Children in an attempt (( by sanctioned rape, molestation, beatings - both physically, psychologically, verbally, emotionally, etc., etc. - to assimilate them into subservience. Then what was given by Haldeman in his attempt to reward the Six Nations for their assistance in winning the war against the Americans ended up taking back , do to a mistaken belief, “ Brant actually encouraged white settlers into the area because he thought they could teach Six Nations' people modern farming techniques.”, “ In 1796, Chiefs from the Six Nations of the Grand River provided Joseph Brant with an actual power of attorney to sell land. In 1798, Brant sold about 350,000 acres of land north of Brantford to white settlers.”, and so much, much more and so, what we have is white man’s influence upon the First Nations People.
All over Canada, similar atrocities where taking place and before long, first Nations People where relegated to useless plots of land called reserves. British Columbia, partly due to my forth cousins influence with the King of England is the only Province that I am aware of that the white man could not con the First Nations People into signing treaties that would gave them unlimited access and rights to the First Nations unseeded lands .
With this in mind Mr, Justin Trudeau, - I am not being disrespectful of your position in government – I am addressing you in this fashion because I believe you to be a human being and an understanding, compassionate member of our society, and of this Great Land we call Canada, that you would see the errors of this governments attempt (( in the name of greed and profit by all the haves and their future gifts ??? )) to step on the wishes and rights of the British Columbia First Nations, and of all its residences who oppose this ludicrous, - millions of tax payers dollars wasted on an issue that should never have been considered – act !!! Especially when it became obvious that no one wants the future of this Province, our Ocean shore lines, our islands, our mountains (( example, Burnaby Mountain )) our valleys, our streams and rivers, Mothers Natures creatures, our echo system etc., etc. put in harm’s way for greed and profit !!!
Please Prime Minister Trudeau, think of a future for our Children, this great land and all its inhabitants. Think of the soil, the grass, the air we breathe, the water we drink and all who are alive and healthy because of the purity of these and many more thing that will disappear, gone forever with just one accident !!! Just think of the many pipelines that have ruptured and destroyed the environment around them as well as downstream of them !!!
Please Mr. Trudeau !!!, do not ignore us, our voice, or our future in favor of the wealthy large corporations and larger countries looking for their future or current favors !!!
Sincerely Yours
Wm. J. Atfield Jr.

Port CoquitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JimErvin

Mr. Trudeau,
As a North Burnaby resident, living near the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline route, I certainly don't want to be exposed to the sight, the sound or the smell of big ugly and dangerous oil tankers or their cargo. Even if they were the safest ships afloat, they would be very easy to sabotages by terrorists. And the same could be true for the pipeline, especially one which is expanded by three times, as Kinder Morgan wants to do. On top of the inherent dangers of the project is the foly of exporting Canada's raw resources instead of processing them in Canada and creating more Canadian manufacturing jobs. If you are working for the people and not the big oil companies, then let's see you say NO to Kinder Morgan and all projects of their kind.

North BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
shawn Rio

Stop destroying the world with all this pollution and oil spills

OttawaOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KatherineMaas

You said, "while governments may grant permits, only communities can grant permission." Live your words. The citizens of BC don't want their land, air, and water to be jeoparized by these projects. Please respect this community.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
BarbaraMurphy-Bridge

"...while governments may grant permits, only communities can grant permission." ( PM Justin Trudeau quote)

B.C. communities totally reject the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project and I am sure Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien ,although too young to voice their opinion, would likely agree.

'Life is not a dress rehearsal' ...say NO to Kinder Morgan, Prime Minister Trudeau, and BRAVO sir for following through on your word.

Imperial BeachCaliforniaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Rev. JordanEllis

You have all been written to before, over a long time period, by thousands of people who can see the ludicrous position of even considering this foolhardy proposition that gets more ludicrous by the day. In fact I feel a bit silly writing this as I thik it has a chance of being actually read as about the same as our artic ice magically freezing up, again. Zero!

You know the RIGHT thing to do... get on with it and do it! REJECT KINDER MORGAN!

Wher is all this "Moral leadership" you talked about during the election? Or is this government like all the rest... promise the moon, deliver little or nothing. Still pandering to "big Oil." Those days are OVER!

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
harrywong

a/ money and time used on fossil fuel based infrastructure is not visionary leading for our society.
b/the 350 ppb of carbon in atmosphere has been exceeded so it's imperative to be proactive to then reject the kinder morgan pipeline expansion
c/there are multiple risks to increased pipeline/tanker use....let's reduce our dependance and concentrate on greener alternatives

vancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RichardSchoon

Dear Prime minister Trudeau
The NEB hearing have been a sham . The citizens of Burnaby have been vocal about the risk of more tanker traffic in our inner harbour . We are dead set against increasing the pipe line volume .
Please do not allow Kinder Morgan to build more capacity here . Thankyou.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LoisYip

At this important climate stage, oil and pipelines are not the way to go. Renewable energy, wind, water and sun power is the way to go. We can look to many countries who are trying to be self sufficient this way. They have a vision and a plan, one that I thought that we had when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected. You have come forward with many of your promises from the election but this is by far the most important one as all the rest are moot point if we do not grasp how devastating climate change is. We are living it now and it is going to get much worse. We have this one time opportunity to help...shining a light on Canada once again. If not, we will forever be the bad guy supplying the world with dirty, dirty oil and coal. We can choose to have a legacy that shines or one that helps destroy our environment. I voted for you in the hope we can turn this around. Please dont disappoint me and the world.

957 Springer AvenueBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PatWhite

Just do the right thing people. This has gone too far.

Lee CreekBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JeanetteKramer

I am one of the very many Burnaby and Vancouver area residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project. This project is not welcome. We can't build more tar sands pipelines and fight climate change at the same time so we call on you, Justin Trudeau, to do what you know to be the right thing!

302 3939 Hastings StreetBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LeslieStanick

I strongly oppose the expansion of Kinder Morgan's pipeline from the Tar Sands to the Port of Burnaby. Not only has Kinder Morgan had catastrophic spills in the past, the potential for pipeline ruptures is even greater in the future. Tanker traffic will pass through Vancouver's harbour, and shipping through the gulf Islands of the Salish Sea, past Vancouver Island, With a 7-fold increase in tanker traffic, our harbour is being put in great danger from the oil spills from tanker traffic and local fisherman.I urge you to postpone awarding the KM expansion. The only profits to be made are for Kinder Morgan, whilst putting our coastal land, ocean, beaches, wildlife and humans at risk of damaging oil spills and fires from the volatile bitumen.
Canada must invest in more green technologies to take us into a sager greener future. Shipping Bitumen will lead to more tanker traffic along our west coast. and ultimately, more ship traffic now than ever before.

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AlCarlson

Dear Prime Minister,
I'm writing to express my dismay about the proposed Kinder Morgan expansion.

Vancouver is my hometown and I have no wish to have its shores fouled by an oil spill. The proposed expansion would expand the traffic of oil tankers by 7 times. And, as sure as god made little green apples, there will be a spill.

You have lived in Vancouver and claim an affinity to the area. Do the right thing: refuse this dangerous project.
- Al Carlson

CoquitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
IanMacKenzie

Although the track record of Kinder Morgan pipeline projects over the years is well documented and unenviable, causing our own discounted NEB to write a scathing report on their mismanagement of the oil spill in Abbotsford recently, on the basis of the precautionary principle alone we can’t afford to allow these “Keystone Cops” of pipeline companies to snake their additional pipeline down through our province.

Because this Kinder Morgan pipeline and dilbit cargo won’t stop in Burnaby. Its oil will continue to be pulsed by Aframax tankers around the globe at the rate of 400 tankers a year, 7 times the present rate. Burrard Inlet, with its increasing traffic, will be negotiated by more than one ship a day carrying 750,000 barrels of bitumen, the most corrosive form of fossil fuel.

Each of these ships will carry three times what was spilled from the Exxon Valdez.

The ITOPF (International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation) history shows that an oil tanker accident the size of the Exxon Valdez has taken place every year for the last 35 years somewhere in the world

And 99% of those large oil spills happened on inland or restricted waters, such as our Burrard Inlet.

We are assured that it’s impossible for a spill to happen. Actually, it’s impossible for a spill NOT to happen in the future and when that happens the scenarios and simulations they’ve already done show not only a huge $40 billion cost but a virtual wipe out of Vancouver’s reputation and economy in the long term because despite what we see on TV of all those coveralled figures scurrying around wiping off birds and rocks it has been proven a waste of time because even when birds are cleaned off their death is assured by the oil in their stomachs. The same goes for all forms of marine life.

You see, it’s impossible to clean up a dilbit spill. Dilbit sinks to the bottom. Dilbit destroys all life. Marine biologists label clean up efforts as a gong show of public relations.

Kalamazoo proved it to the consternation of the U.S. The best those comforting figures on TV could do was to give us a sense that somebody was doing something they should never have had to do. In fact the BEST they could do was about 10%.

If and when an inevitable spill destroys the shorelines of our coast it means 90%, (675,000 barrels of bitumen) is silently and invisibly creeping across the seabed of Burrard Inlet, flushed out through the strait by tidal action, washing up on all the beaches of the Salish Sea and beyond, having already destroyed Stanley Park and environs as well as the entire fisheries of lower B.C. and Washington.

That’s not just my imagination, that’s what reliable studies have proven will happen. No wonder those mayors down stream are so panicked.

Had we had a farsighted federal government in place during the last decade we would not find ourselves in this room today. Pipelines and oil tankers would be a thing of the past. A new economy based on renewables would be well entrenched and we would not be struggling with this attempt to placate the masses after a failed NEB panel has already completely alienated public confidence.

Because of such short forewarning about these meetings, the absence of summertime holidayers, and midweek daytime meetings when people are working this hall is not bulging with protesters.

But there is no social licence in B.C. for this ill-considered project. And should our government allow it after their stated emission targets at COP 21 they’ll have to explain it to a world disenchanted by our hypocrisy .

KamloopsBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DonBarthel

We cannot meet our Paris commitment while expanding our exports of oil. Obama rejected Keystone XL and Canada's government should do the same and reject the Kinder Morgan expansion.

749 West 63rd AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
sherryyoung

Prime Minister Trudeau - Did you say that governments may grant permits, only communities can grant permission. I hope this is true and you did not lie. BC does not give permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

KamloopsBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LarryMyers

Any expansion of the tar sands represents a significant threat to the environment and must not be permitted. Prime Minister Trudeau has made several promises to the world and to the people of Canada on the themes of climate change and social license. He and his government have made promises to respect the interests of First Nations communities and to require the permission of communities before permitting businesses to undertake projects that are likely to have a profound impact on those communities. The Tsleil-Waututh first nation have clearly taken a stand against the expansion of the Kinder Morgan/Trans-Mountain pipeline. All municipal governments in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia have voiced their opposition to the increased threat of significant oil spills in Burrard Inlet, English Bay, Howe Sound, the Salish Sea.
The Harper Conservatives attempted to hoist unwanted fossil fuel projects on Canada and were defeated. The Liberal government must do better.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
BlancaDesrochers

I opposed the Kinder Morgan expansion project for multiple reasons, first being the endless risk of contamination of air and water with diluted bitumen, hence, damage to the food chain. I am concerned about the health of British Columbians, including myself and my family.

I also oppose this project because it does not benefit the Province's revenues, on the contrary, it has the potential to affect other industries that provides most of the Provinces revenues, for example tourism, by taking away the beauty of our region with multiplied cargo ships and much more populated tank farm in the top of a hill where the "tank farm" is located.

A much more populated tank farm also increments the risk of a fire in the highly residential city of Burnaby, where Simon Fraser University is also located in close proximity.

I oppose this project because they are going to use the infrastructure paid with our taxes for a company in Texas to get profit. I have seen financial information, the benefit to our Province is minimal, the benefit to my city is negative, the risks and costs are not even measurable.

I firmly opposed this project because the effects in climate change were not considered.

I oppose Kinder Morgan because I have seen this company act as a bully in our city, I know about their poor safety record, I have read its half truths, we don't want them around.

I firmly believe that to help Alberta, British Colombia does not need to be bullied and destroyed.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
MichaelMarcoux

I am opposed to any new pipelines. The government of Canada along with the provinces needs to take climate change seriously and pipelines and tar sands expansion are not compatible with such a goal. The risk of an oil spill on our pristine coast is unacceptable and unnecessary as there are other energy options which must be pursued.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GrantElse

Dear Mr Trudeau...
I'm am absolutely opposed to the proposed expansion of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline and the three-fold increase in tanker traffic in the Barrard inlet.
I am all for Canada producing enough fossil fuel for its own needs but I oppose significant export as it just perpetuates all our reliance on fossil fuel.
I despise the sham of a process that has been used. I despise the complete non-consideration of the effects of the tankers for pollution, noise, spill-risk etc from the pipeline assessment. And I despise the green-house gas emission effects being not assessed within the pipeline proposal too.
I recognize that times are tough and all Canadians need jobs, but this pipeline (and its source industry) does not provide any value to me and I believe it provides little to Canada... Lets move forward in new directions rather than pandering to corporate interests and largely only corporate profits by continuing to invest in environmental destruction and dinosaur industries. Instead, lets embrace the future and invest in green technologies and let new businesses and forward thinking industries find support in Canada's bright future. Lets create the Canada of the future.

In short, you do NOT have my support for this pipeline expansion and if its approved, I'll definitely vote against you next time I get the chance.

sincerely

Grant Else

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
NatashaSanders-Kay

Please do the right thing and be respectful of First Nations, Burnaby residents, other British Columbians, BC animals, and the environment.

My Burnaby community and countless others have been speaking out against the Kinder Morgan Expansion project for years and we do not feel heard.

Prime Minister Trudeau, when you were elected you made a promise to work with First Nations respectfully, and to follow their leadership in protecting our environment; please put this into action by listening to them and to local communities directly affected by the pipeline expansion.

Our concerns are also rooted in safety and economic concerns; while the expansion may be a money-maker for wealthy American companies, we have no reason to believe it will benefit Burnaby residents, or Canadians in general. When asked how the project would benefit Burnaby's economy, Kinder Morgan replied that Burnaby workers would have the benefit of being employed in the event of an oil spill.

There have already been major oil spills. Let us be clear: we do not want oil spills and we certainly do not want our livelihoods to depend on oil spills.

Please do the right thing. Consider the many, many lives affected by the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project, beyond the limited amount you've consulted with thus far.

And remember: consultations are worthless if you don't actually listen and act on what your consultees are telling you.

Please do the right thing. Listen to us, and do not let this harmful project go through.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RickPickens

I implore you to make the right decision for the future of the west coast...we cannot allow oil tankers to navigate through the middle of the busiest port in Canada. The implications of even a minor oil spill in Vancouver will have a devastating impact on the City. We do not need to export fossil fuels, we need to look to the future and most importantly consider the impact on the environment.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SheilaAdams

The majority of British Columbians & First Nations Peoples are opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tanker Expansion, and hundreds who applied to participate in the NEB hearings were denied the opportunity to have their voices heard.
There is no community permission for the
Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EricMulholland

I do not support Vancouver becoming the ever growing transit point for oil exports. The tripling of the Kinder Morgan pipeline is a project that will endanger our future and the people, environment, fish, beaches, ports and offshore resources. The money received is a pittance compared to the bounty of our living place.

7476 13th AvenueBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DianneNeufeld

Thankfully, democracies do not need to depend on the partisan position, the compromised industrial expert opinion, the greed voices of commerce, seemingly blind to their fate.

Democratic leadership can depend on the voices of the folks they represent, even if they are not in agreement. The king isn't wearing anything except the endorsement garments of the electorate. We say no KM.

It's tough to start to turn the ship. But we say now is the latest possible moment. We are behind this change. Just do it and you will be supported in extraordinary ways not even conceived yet. It's scary but it's right.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ShelleySorensen

Please do the right thing for BC and our Environment and say No to any expansion projects. Keep BC green and our waters from excessive tanker traffic. Put our energy into renewable & clean energy projects.
BC is so beautiful. We rely on our clean waters, our fresh air, the food chain, our tourism industry, the fishing industry, the recreation aspects surrounding us, and value our health and welfare daily.
Please reject this backwards and Dangerously invasive expansion project Idea!
The world will be a better place for it.
Thank you Shelley Sorensen

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Anjali Singh

This is not necessary for our future it will only pollute our beautiful land, and destroy our water. Please invest in other more sustainable for our future and more importantly our children's future,

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
marcelleroy

I strongly oppose Kinder Morgan Expansion Project. My community unequivocally, does not grant permission for this project and neither do First Nations. I live in Elizabeth May's riding and support her stance against this wrong-headed project.
Let's get serious about the Paris Agreement before it is too late.
BC residents have not been given a fair opportunity to comment in the so-called hearings. The NEB is a sham as it is dominated by pro oil and gas industry. This project must be stopped now, instead please do what is morally correct and ramp up support on renewables which is far better for the economy and does not destroy humanity and our web of life in the process.

368 Starks RdBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PeterCech

To reach climate (atmospheric temperature) targets, the science tells us that remaining fossil fuels must remain in the ground. The signals I am getting from Ottawa is that the Trudeau government is determined to get dirty tar sands bitumen to tidal waters through a new pipeline. I attended the town hall staged by our local MP Terry Beech. I believe the government will use these town halls to say "Yes, we consulted the community and now have social license to proceed." The only social licence the federal government has and will ever have is to protect our air, water and soil - thereby protecting the future of our children and grandchildren. Do not approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline or any other new infrastructure to export a raw resource. Facilitate uplifting bitumen in Alberta to create Canadian jobs while we transition to renewable energy.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
ValeriePike

This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ArleneCross

Please place a moratorium on the planned expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and on all future pipelines in Canada and please invest in alternative forms of energy which will pay back immensely both financially and environmentally.

Thank you.

Arlene Cross

victoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JamesGarry

The era of expansionist plans for hydrocarbon extraction is coming to an end. Canada's unenviable position on the league table of carbon-emission per capita will be worsened if the nation embarks on a scheme to increase our exports of crude and its derivatives.

Can we not redirect our energies to promote renewable and lower-carbon energy raising?

Yours sincerely;

-James Garry, PhD CPhys

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
NorahButcher

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am one of the Burnaby, BC, residents that does NOT give permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EmilyDechant

Hi Terry,

I respectfully request for you to stand up for the people of community members in Burnaby and beyond who are say NO to the proposed expanded KM pipeline.

Emily

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
TimBartoo

I implore you to stop this dangerous project now. If this pipeline were to go ahead, we would suffer, all of us in this country; the only beneficiaries of this project are oil industry executives, most of whom are not Canadians. We would all suffer from increased climate destabilization which, if not immediately curtailed, threatens to render our vibrant earth unliveable. We would all suffer badly when our beautiful and pristine coast is devastated, beyond our ability to imagine it, by diluted bitumen, one of the most dangerous, toxic, carcinogenic inventions of the profit-twisted corporate mindset. It is impossible to image that 890,000 barrels a day of this poison could possibly be transported through our cities and through our waters for decades without spillage. It would only be a matter of time, and when that day came to pass, we would suffer badly, sickened by caustic fumes, fish and birds killed in vast numbers. We would suffer badly under a severely damaged BC economy. The immense cleanup efforts would be largely ineffective and the costs would be borne primarily by taxpayers. We would all suffer should the clearly expressed opposition to this project by our First Nations be disregarded, reinforcing centuries of profound disrespect. We would all suffer from our country having turned away from the opportunity to put our resources into green energy, into a promising future, rather than into a badly-corrupted version of the energy systems of the past.

I believing you will make the right decision, the obvious decision, and we will take the promising path that puts our Canadian people to work building clean, renewable solar and wind energy systems.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CarolCrabtree

Prime Minister Trudeau
We know that any new pipelines will produce added green house gases and promote trade in fossil fuels delaying the development of alternative fule sources. Therefore I am requesting that the Kinder Morgan Pipeline not be given approval.

Carol Crabtree

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
wendythompson

I am totally opposed to twinning the Kinder Morgan pipeline to Burnaby that would result in an enormous increase in tanker traffic through Burrard inlet. It is not worth risking our beautiful environment for the purpose of shipping dilbit offshore to the highest bidder. This would not help Vancouver to achieve its goal of becoming the greenest city in the world. Reducing climate change and producing more dirty oil are not compatible. I sincerely hope that you do not approve this project. There must be better ways for Alberta to move forward into a cleaner world.

8882 Larkfield DriveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BarbDawson

Why are we not looking at renewable energy?
Wave generated electricity
Wind energy
Stop kinder Morgan now!!

Lake CountryBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JuneWells

There is no economic benefit to BC or Canada and the risk of a catastrophic spill, with the tax payer being left with the cleanup bill is too great.We on the West Coast greatly depend on tourism ,oil soaked beaches and dead whales after a tanker mishap would destroy our second most important industry. More importantly ,by signing the Paris accord on GHG the international credibility and honesty of Canada is at risk .
The world is moving away from fossil fuels; Canada must stop subsidizing the oil and gas companies and start funding renewable energy sources.
The Government does not have the social licence of the majority of the population of BC to grant Kinder Morgan permission to expand the pipeline.

North Vancouver British ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
DorteFroslev

We should not be exporting dirty oil and fracked gas to be burned elsewhere. It is time to move quickly to green alternatives and leave fossil fuels in the ground. No Kinder Morgan expansion and no LNG exports from Lelu Island or Squamish or anywhere. Asia needs to find green energy solutions as well. Sending our dirty and environmentally dangerous fuels there will not save the planet.

Box 100, Brackendale BC, V0N 1H0, 604 892 4452British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
gabriel dela Cruz

Our country is a great country, but it is not all about money and profit that we need to protect for this greatness, we need to protect the place that made us great, and the people living in it. As a British Columbian, I treasure the face of this place, its unique architecture made anyone living in this place proud, and so do I. So please, help us preserve the future paradise of our kids, please don't trade this artistic beauty God has given us for money, stop the expansion of Kinder Morgan. God creation is not worth even a penny, that this multi-national company wanted to destroy by slowly poisoning the water that gives life to this beautiful nature that our family enjoy. Thank you Mr. Prime Minister!!!!

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
IraWalter

There is no question a major spill could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health. It is only a matter of time when this will happen if Kinder Morgan has their way. Keep BC Beautiful for our children!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
sharonfrancis

mr. t, canada does not need oil we need clean energy, sustainable energy, recycled and recycable energy,. such as wind turbines installed on all new building projects and houses, grants for installation for wind and solar energy. jobs for the canadian manufacturing, beginning to end of all renewable devices that make us globally independent. screw the use of too much oil. that is so yesterdays news. mr t. canada future of meeting its obligation for clean air and water is in your young hands. we need new ideas, jobs for manufacturing and maintainance of this wonderful new ideas. mr t, put canadians to work pls respected your father the 70's was a great time

as far as the pipeline line and tankers go i don't think so dead against these projects

agassizBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LauraMorrison

The risk to our precious and fragile waterways is too great. This is my neighbourhood and my home. The risks of this pipeline far outweigh any economic benefits. It will not create enough permanent jobs in BC to justify this pipeline. We are absolutely unprepared for an oil spill and it would be a complete disaster. I urge you to stop this project from going forward!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
IreneVanderSpek

Dear Justin,

You made a comment that you sailed around the tankers in English Bay and that you did not find them to be a problem, You are right, in English Bay tankers are not much of a problem but... they have to travel underneath 3 bridges from English Bay to Kinder Morgan's terminal in Burnaby The end terminal for this pipeline is in the wrong location.

A consortium of engineers has advised the NEB to end the terminal at Roberts Bank where there is deep water access for big tankers. They know the terminal in Burnaby is too hard to reach for the huge oil tankers in a safe manner. They have to maneuver underneath 3 bridges (not 1 as is the case for the Vancouver Harbour) and can only do so when it is slack tide (a 20 minute period in a tide cycle) and the tide is at its highest because otherwise the bottom of a filled tanker would be too close to the bottom of the water. The chances of an accident go up when access is tight and there is little to no room to maneuver...

Bitumen sinks; it cannot be cleaned up by skimming it off the surface of the ocean as is the case with regular oil. Once it has sunk there is no way to retrieve it off the ocean floor and will have to degrade over the decades. It will pollute the ocean for decades to come...

it will provide only 50 full-time jobs in BC and bring less than 20 million to the provincial coffers on tax revenues of 42 billion a year. A ridiculous drop in the bucket to take on such a risk smack dab in the middle of the Lower Mainland where more than a million people live, recreate and millions of tourists gaze out over our beautiful beaches..

Canada signed on to the Paris Climate Deal and now you want to turn around and open up more of the oil sands and contribute to more pollution? You and we are better than that and should not say: "Oh well, it is only China that will be polluting the world with Canadian bitumen".

We all live on this one earth together; climate change has terrible impacts all around the globe and we will add to that impact by taking yet more bitumen out of the oil sands.

BelcarraBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DeboraqhStruk

Prime Minister Trudeau,
First of all I would love for you to come visit Burrard Inlet, starting say at The Ironworkers memorial, come by boat up to Barnet Marine Park, You grew up appreciating the beauty in BC. Please stand with us to protect what we have. It would also be helpful for you to fly the length of the pipeline and see exactly where this pipeline is, and where it will be twinned/expanded. I would guess you can easily see areas it isn't the best choice. It should NOT be going to an inland/ocean terminus as it is planned in Burnaby, on Burrard Inlet.

There are so many environmental issues. The number of tankers that will be increased is NOT healthy for the health of our inland ocean, nor all the residential areas that will be impacted.Please come camp in my backyard and listen to the relative peace now, provided there are not tankers at anchorages K,L,M and N. Once Westridge is expanded, the noise and sight of these tankers will be overhwleming.

Our inlet and Indian Arm is full of sea life! It's health has increased over the years and we have even had whale sightings inland here and up Indian Arm. This will likely not happen at all once the tanker traffic increases. Apparently the inlet must be dredged to make it possible for the tankers to come in. This will greatly affect all the sea life that lives here. we have at least 5 varieties of crab, many cod, perch, flounder and other edible fish. Salmon swim up to the Indian River, spawn, then return to the ocean. There are seals, otter, mink. Lots of undersea life: sea anenomes of all colours, and sizes, sea stars. It is rich!!!
The quality of life will decrease simply with the increase of tanker traffic.
Now IF there were to be a spill of any type, then it would be very tragic.
Please Justin, what it is costing for our country and the future generations in this beautiful area, we can NOT afford to allow for this expansion. We can NOT afford to allow another country to suck out our resources at the cost of losing so much.

I am serious. Come to visit with your family. Take a look. When you used to ski as a young child at Grouse or Seymour, think about the beauty BC has to offer. Your mother holds the beauty of BC close to her heart. That is what should be our resource. Invite the world to come and see, visit and play. The mountains, forests and oceans of BC are our wealth. Our money should be spent to showcase what we have. Heaven forbid if we wreck that for any countries to have more resources and control our monopoly at our expense.

A huge concern is the selling of our resources (yes, we need to be fiscally responsible), BUT, is it in our best interest to have foreign control over our resources. Beyond that, I don't believe any part of the process really helps the environment.

Kindermorgan, nor China has the beauty of our land in their best interest. You can not truly put a price on the beauty we have here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to truly ponder this.

Stop Kindermorgan. Keep BC beautiful.

BelcarraBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
JayneChan

Please stop the expansion. If anyrhing happens to this pipeline be it a terrorist, environmental disaster, or a leak my family could be in grave danger. I am what I call surrounded by a 'ring of fire' and no way to escape in a disaster. How am I to get my children out? I spend sleepless nights trying to figure a way. But then I think realistically that there is no way to get out alive. Easy...just move? Have you seen the house prices lately? It's up to us to take care of the earth for our children's' future. Give earth a chance. Green technology all the way!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KarlPerrin

I am opposed to the Kinder Morgan TMX because of

*additional GHGs from bitumen mining, processing, and transport to Burnaby (upstream GHGs),

*additional GHGs from the burning of the refined products of the bitumen (downstream GHGs),

*additional risks of a diluted bitumen (dilbit) spill in Burrard Inlet, Fraser River, or the Salish Sea and the subsequent sinking of toxic bitumen when the diluent evaporates,

*lack of “free, prior, and informed consent” by most First Nations on the pipeline and tanker route, as well as First Nations and other communities on the tanker route in the U.S.A.,

*lack of community approval (or outright opposition from municipal governments) on the pipeline and tanker route ,

*additional risks to tourism and other businesses dependent on clean air and water,

*additional dangers of uncontrolled leakage/fire/explosion at the Tank Farm on the south slope of Burnaby Mountain in the event of an earthquake, or human caused accident,

*additional air pollution and toxic off gassing from the tank farm, and tanker loading facility,

*dredging in Burrard Inlet and water pollution from construction of two additional tanker berths,

*additional air pollution (e.g. particulate matter PM 2.5) from diesel engines in construction phase, and loading and transport by dilbit tankers and tugs in Burrard Inlet,

*additional noise,light, air, and water pollution from the Westridge loading facility in Burnaby,

*additional noise pollution and tanker traffic interference with Salish Sea orcas, salmon, etc.

*cumulative negative impacts of the continued production and consumption of oil, and the industrialization of the Lower Mainland.

306-9339 University Cres.British ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
martinwells

NO KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE EXPANSION. It is unneeded, uneconomical, bad for fish, Natives, Burrard Inlet and Metro Vancouver.

The answer simply is NO.

683 Beachview Dr.British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MichaelSchmitt

Canada should not be investing in ANY new fossil fuel infrastructure.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Daphne Randall

Kinder Morgan does NOT have my permission to expand their project. We should be developing an economy that supports clean air, fresh water, and safe food. Stop this project NOW!

MerrittBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JohnYarmak

Please,
No more pipelines.
Thanks,
John

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GeorginaLedingham

I live directly across Burrard Inlet from Kinder Morgan's terminal and live in fear of a spill that would destroy Indian Arm. As well, I am seriously affected already by the lights and generator noise from the tankers that already anchor here. Tripling the number of tankers waiting to load for diluted bitumen would totally destroy the peace and tranquility of a beautiful part of the Lower Mainland waterways. No more tankers. No doubling of the pipeline. No tripling of the capacity of the terminal. Stop now!

BelcarraBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
LoriGiesbrecht

NO oil or gas pipelines in BC!!

Williams LakeBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
judietam-pirrie

I read that the got'v own leaked emails said we don't need more pipelines till 2025. If we really care about reaching our climate goals and Mother Earth. We must take action. China in the next 15 years are investing 2.5 into IT and Green Tech. Let's not get left stranded as economist warned us in 2014. Including Mark Carney a Canadian As your ex co campaign manager was tied to fossil fuel . In fact he had to leave because he was advising them. You have recently appointed another with strong ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry. You really must prove people wrong when they say you are in their hip pocket. You must stand up for you concerns and care about Climate Change and what we need to do to deal with it. Please show the many who believed you when you said ."Today, with my signature, I give you our word that Canada's efforts will not cease," Trudeau said Friday. "Climate change will test our intelligence, our compassion and our will. But we are equal to that challenge." That means we are expecting Real Change like you promised . Time to honour that promise.

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Brian Sproule

The petroleum industry is a sunset industry. The whole world is rapidly transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewables. It is irrational to export bitumen and import refined petroleum products Instead of exporting raw resources we shoiuld be refining and manufacturing in Canada creating value producing jobs.

Port MoodyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JohnHill

I won't rehash the multitude of reasons why this project must be rejected except to say three points:
1. Why are the very substantial downstream GHG emissions not being considered in the Liberal government's new criteria.
2. No risk of a tanker spill of mostly sinkable dilbit is acceptable. With human error, it is a matter of when, not if, a major spill will occur, and the environmental damage this will cause is virtually irreversible. The ecological AND economical costs to southwestern BC are unfathomable.
3. Given the recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling against the Harper government's approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline for totally inadequate consultation with First Nations, given that the consultations and NEB hearing process with the Kinder Morgan Pipeline has been even worse, and given that one of the mostly strongly affected First Nations, the Tsleil-Waututh, have flatly and consistently said no to it under any circumstances, why is the government even holding these additional hearings without adequate First Nations consutations. Further, the Liberal government have promised that they would honour the UN Declarations regarding free, prior and informed consent with Indigenous People which has not and will not ever be given for this pipeline (at least for the route and terminal location applied for), and the Courts are very likely to just overturn any approval given due to inadequate consultation, anyhow. The Liberals also said they would not prolong unnecessary defense against litigation of acts of the Harper government, which this is. Therefore the Kinder Morgan Pipeline should be rejected as soon as possible.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ingridflores

no more pipelines

EdmontonAlbertaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Rick Tonita

It is time to focus on the 21st Century and let the industries of the Harper 20th Century go.

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BettyCadre

The oil Spill in the north Saskatchewan River is a very good example why Pipelines and Kinder Morgan, should not be allowed to expand into B.C. with the product they want to ship! It is a product, that is too expensive, to refine and it is too dangerous, to be allowed anymore. Biofuel and alternative fuels, that can be developed and are so much safer. Dilbit or whatever this toxic slurry is, that Kinder Morgan wants to ship to the coast, should not be allowed. The present pipeline has had numerous breaks and this new one, will have a much more dangerous product flowing in it! Tar sands development must stop, along with these kinds of products in Pipelines! Jobs are temporary and for what? Dangerous goods, crossing our rivers like the Thompson, Fraser and many other major waterways that supply our water! Tankers maybe following the Exxon Valdis plying our Coastal Waters....ridiculous to say the least! having a Person affiliated on the NEB board that is directly linked to Oil and Gas is a definite conflict of interest as well!

KamloopsBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SandraBaron

No, no and no to pipelines on BC's coast. Expansions and new projects that drastically affect our environment must not be approved. We owe this important decision to our children and our children's children.

Thank you for your leadership.

Brentwood BayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KeithBlais

Please no KM Pipeline expansion to OUR coast or increased Tanker traffic on OUR coast. We do not give permission for the Kinder Morgan expansion. We want people to come to BCs coast from all over the world to experience & enjoy Super Natural BC. Our killer whales, salmon and all other ocean fishes, seaweeds, shellfish, marine mammals, wild animals, humans, plants, birds...etc...etc....do not want the tankers or oil spills....

2157 Waterside AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
NancyCrouse

Renewable energy is the way now and for the future. Stop all fossil fuel associations and projects. It is the dinosaur of today.

19A High Street, Suite 120OntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DeborahBledsoe

This is filled with so many risks that the tax payer will be on the hook for that you cannot allow it to proceed. They say they have 1.2 billion in insurance in case of a spill but after further checking, it cannot be claimed for a spill on land. They wash their hands of this poison once it is loaded onto ocean going oil tankers, in some cases super tankers, some of which are registered to one individual so good luck collecting when the spill happens. 98,000 jobs in Vancouver that depend on a clean environment, 200,000 in the province. One spill in Burrard Inlet, just one and those jobs are gone, not to mention the 3 pods of Killer Whales in our waters and all of the other marine life. As far as transporting Dilbit by pipeline all you have to do is a very little homework. The south end of Keystone south has had miles of its sections shut down because they are ''filled with pinholes, some, big enough to see through. Why?? Because Dilbit is abrasive and it is sent through the pipeline under pressure. It acts like sandblasting the pipe from the inside out. And yet miles and miles of pipeline carrying this poison is going to run through BC?? Through/over/under lakes, and rivers, This stuff that CANNOT be cleaned up because it sinks to the bottom of whatever waterway it spills in?? Check out the Kalamazoo river 5 years ago... I want to know WHY WE ARE ALLOWING A FOREIGN COMPANY TO TRANSPORT DILBIT, A HIGHLY TOXIC SUBSTANCE, FROM LEASES IN ALBERTA'S TAR SANDS, THAT ARE OWNED BY FOREIGNERS, IN A PIPELINE RUN BY FOREIGNERS, TO PORT IN VANCOUVER WHERE IT WILL BE LOADED ONTO TANKERS AND TAKEN TO FOREIGN PORTS FOR PROCESSING AND USE, while paying one of the lowest royalties on the planet AND ALSO GETTING SUBSIDIZED BY THE CANADIAN TAX PAYER. We dont need it, we dont want it. We will not accept it.

Chilliwack.British ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
cynthia wunderlich

Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory. The approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline will breach the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult the First Nation communities, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project.

TerraceBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SusannaDokkie-McDonald

One spill, like thiscpassed few days in Battleford, Sask. should say it all! A river cleanup is difficult, if not impossible to clean up. Imagine the sea, deeper, bigger, faster and an accidental spill. That is impossible to clean up. If Kinder Morgan says it cares and can do a clean up, prove it! Get out there a show your skills in cleaning up! It cannot be done well enough to preserve life around, on or in the sea! No to fossil fuel increased distribution. Stop now and save our land. We can be a leader in renewables but not by hanging onto a dead horse. No one will want it by the time a save way is found! We, Canada, could be leading the future.

CrossfieldBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RomeoLeBlanc

We need to advance our future by quickly moving for renewable sources as by doing the same thing over and over again is not progress to save our world.

Rte.115New BrunswickNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CharleneSimon

I am firmly opposed to the proposal to expand the Kjnder Morgan pipeline.
It is 2016! As a global population, we are supposed to be reducing and eliminating our use of fossil fuels to address global warming. This project is terribly out of step with what is needed at this time.
Lets talk about certain risks of spills by pipelines and tankers, which will certainly happen, and the resulting damage to the environment, drinking water, and all species dependent upon clean water, which includes us.

For the privilege of some temporary construction phase jobs, private industry makes huge profit, leaving the taxpayer to pick up a lot of the cost of "cleanup", which according to many sources, is a pipe(line) dream. These spills cannot exactly be cleaned up, the environment will not be as it was before, there are big losses of wildlife, and the ones that have been cleaned fail to thrive.

Why is there even a question about this? What is there to be discussed?

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
IrwinRapoport

all tar sands pipelines must be stopped, and we must shut the tar sands and ban fracking and LNG, and stop the site c dam. we must also ban the shipping of oil by train

montrealQuebecNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RobieLiscomb

No KM Transmountain because climate change, because no community and First Nations consent, because no increased tanker traffic raising risks of spills, because no increase in marine noise pollution threatening Southern Resident Killer Whales, because approval will undermine any trust the public has in your promises.

15-4630 Lochside DriveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Donna Hamilton

The risk is too high. Please reject this project. I put my trust in you. Thank you.

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PatBeaucamp

The thought of allowing an increase of over 400 huge Aframax oil tankers loading dilbit at the kinder Morgan Westridge docks and transporting it at high tide and daylight only through the treacherous 2nd Narrows crossing is horrific!

A major oil spill will shut down the Port of Vancouver for weeks, monhs or longer and essentially be an effort to help Alberta's economy while risking over 200 000 BC jobs for at most 50 permanent jobs!

Kinder Morgan will bear no financial obligation for a spill but Canada will have to collect from an internationally registered company!

This doesn't even make economic sense!

5721 Highfield DriveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CarolynQuirt

I am 100% AGAINST this pipeline project. It's 2016, our planet is in trouble and we need to do everything we can to protect her. Tankers are big trouble for our whale population as well as our troubled salmon populations.
What we need now is GREEN energy. Stop the fracking, the dirty oil business and get green. Enough is enough.
Have you consulted with First Nations?

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DanaOram

We need to find a cleaner energy source before it's too late. There is too much at stake to hope nothing bad happens, it's not if but when. Prevent it now!

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JohnMarian

Big oil has no credibility in my mind. It has a long history and ongoing record of failure to safely transport its products and is heavily subsidized by taxpayers directly and indirectly. With the necessary and well-established global move away from oil and with the particular vulnerability of the coastal marine environment to the consequences of any spill and approval will represent an utter failure on the part of government to protect the interests of the broad population that lives along its shores and, for that matter, the long-term economic health of our country.

Halfmoon BayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
alexisosorio

Is no provision to clean up spills, oil transport should be banned .

aldergroveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DivinaRidley

Please STOP Kinder Morgan! =( The communities do NOT WANT in BC! Let's keep BC BEAUTIFUL!!

Thank you.

304-1750 Georgia St EBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
terrencecalder

Please do not allow our coast to be destroyed....!!!!! Let's not send more oil to Asia so they can keep polluting.. Invest in solar.. save the planet.

9344 Emerald DrBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SonnyNauss

Any fool can see that this is the last thing that this country needs. We should be moving away from oil and into renewables. One spill or breach and goodbye to this beautiful area and it's wildlife and fish. No! No! No!

323 Charles Hill Rd.Nova ScotiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AshleighSomerville

I understand that Prime Minister Trudeau has often said that while "governments may grant permits, only communities can grant permission", and please know that this community opposes the Kinder Morgan expansion project. This planet is in peril, and we must move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. On top of this, horror stories from communities that have been impacted by past oil spills/leaks prove there is no way to adequately clean up an oil spill. Please be a hero and stand up for our environment...there isn't a moment to waste.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BillHadgkiss

The truth is out with this Husky spill in Sask.
Notice the offers of help from Kinder Morgan and Enbridge.
Is this the real Kinder Surprise?
I was able to comment in Kamloops on 20, July 2016 at TRU.

2342 Moody AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JenniferVallee

Please keep our country beautiful - and retain the pride we have in our beautiful green economy. Trees and nature are more important than anything. The pipelines will drain our country of its beauty and energy - and give nothing back.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
OliverHockenhull

Simply a risk much to great to take for the coast. Secondly a bad plan for Canada to encourage more fossil fuel use. Thirdly Kinder Morgan is one of the most incompetent companies and untrustworthy companies imaginable. The "enron boys" that own it — out of Texas have a terrible reputation as economic charlatans. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-11/kinder-morgan-poster-boy-bubble-finance Canada can do better. Canada must do better.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
DonaldGrayston

Dear Mr Trudeau: I write to express my total opposition to the doubling of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The risks to Vancouver harbour; the opposition of First Nations; the possibility of oil spills on the route--we can't ignore these.

The recent Husky spill in the North Saskatchewan River is a good example of what could happen with Kinder Morgan. It is dangerous enough as it is, without doubling the risk factor.

No Kinder Morgan, please! Donald Grayston, PhD

Box 19524, Centrepoint MallBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DuaneFontaine

We don't need any more pipelines to the BC coast, and we most certainly don't need any more tankers in our waters. In order for Canada to keep to our international commitments with regards to climate change, we need to put our efforts and political will into developing alternative energy sources.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DanielMusekamp

This project conflicts with the goal of providing a sufficiently stable environment for the probable continuation of the human species.

2690 7th Avenue EastBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Liv Yoon

Dear Prime Minister,

Please do not build more infrastructure that guarantees further destruction of our collective planet and the future.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Jeff Chute

The dangers outweigh the benefits. Please reject the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project because of what it might do to the environment.
Thanks.

BelcarraBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarkJacobs

In any sane, well-regulated economy, the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would have been long-since rejected by government. Instead, Kinder Morgan has benefitted from a sloppy, biased regulatory approval process. Study after study demonstrates the purported benefits of the project have been consistently overstated by Kinder Morgan (as well as the Harper and BC governments), the risks uniformly understated, and the known costs unilaterally externalized from both accounting and accountability.

The environmental damages are well-understood, including untenable risks and know certain impacts for Southern Resident killer whale population, Fraser River salmon, and herring and other forage fish. Oil spills will have dire consequences; but the increase in tanker traffic alone carries an environmental burden (and an eco-economic cost) that is not acceptable.

The risk of a marine oil spill is not addressed honestly in Kinder Morgan's application. The probability of a spill -- based on academic research and past experience -- is far higher than Kinder Morgan concedes; and Kinder Morgan addresses the potential impact of marine spillage in only a few select locations along the path of proposed tanker traffic. The company has been flatly dishonest in its account of the chemistry and physics of diluted bitumen in marine environments, thereby dramatically understating the potential environmental impacts.

The economics of the project provide no benefit for Canada or BC. The purported benefits to direct government revenues ($4.5B) and indirect, holistic economic expansion ($18 - 22B) are shown to be overstated in research and analysis conducted by Simon Fraser University, which forecasts the project to result in a net public cost. The simple way to understand the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is this: Kinder Morgan, certain bitumen producers, certain shipping companies, certain foreign consumers of Canadian bitumen, and the Province of Alberta stand to benefit economically while BC and Canada-as-a-whole subsidize the project and assume every risk.

Even understanding the institutional biases of the National Energy Board and the political interests of the former government, the NEB review process in this case has been shocking. This new government can and must do better.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
FrancyElkins

"Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory. The approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline will breach the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult the First Nation communities, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project."

Williams LakeBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KimberlyArmstrong

We are already seeing the irrefutable and harmful effects of climate change on the planet. While it is difficult to break the oil and gas dependency of this global society, the focus should be on creating alternatives, rather than encouraging the status quo.

Further, the pipeline and tanker projects present a very real and primary threat to the environment. The consequences of a spill, especially in an earthquake zone that is yearly counting down to one of the catastrophically huge earthquakes that we are periodically subject to, would be immense and irreparable.

The environment, the climate, and the interdependent web of our ecosystem deserve our consideration, our respect, and our protection.

As humans, we are adaptable. It is our strength. We can create and grow other economic sectors. We can create new horizons for job growth. We do not need to sacrifice our future, and the future of our children, the furure of our ecosystems and the creatures and life we share our world with.

And finally, on a pragmatic note, the increased tanker traffic, leaks, and larger spills would be catastrophic to the tourism industry that is the backbone of coastal BC.

Pipeline breaks would add significantly and detrimentally to the disaster relief and cleanup efforts and costs after a quake.

We do not want this. And the purported benefits certainly do not outweigh the risks.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Kenny Mackie

For gawd sake Justin... get off this freaking Petroleum bandwagon.... SHUT IT DOWN....
And while your at it ... STOP the ridiculous logging practices that are being allowed... Money and Jobs come secondary to the environment...

Port AlberniBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MichaelHale

The proposed Kinder Morgan expansion threatens our communities and ecosystems in BC. It would expand the tar sands and thus it threatens the planet with a huge increase in GHGs.

There is NO NET ECONOMIC BENEFIT for BC and little benefit to Canadians compared to clean energy alternatives. Even if you believe Kinder Morgan's estimate of the number of direct and spin-off jobs, (a grand total of 2090 p/y), it is a paltry number compared to what a $6.8 billion investment in clean energy would yield.

We need to take our climate change commitments seriously. Let's not continue to embrace destructive and obsolete fossil technology when there are better alternatives. Keep in mind: "it's 2016!"

Show some real leadership: Act on Climate.

ChilliwackBritish ColumbiaYes - I was accepted as an intervenor
WilliamMcCallum

Do not Industrialize our west coast waters as our wild salmon and other fisheries/shellfish habitat is already in peril.

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
karenruckman

There is no justification for expanding an activity just because it is already in operation. The knowledge used to situate the original locations in 1953 is archaic and expanding an activity simply because it is already in operation is logically faulty. We know so much more today about environmental and human risk than we did back then. The terminals, the pipelines and the marine routes should not be located in or through densely populated areas. If we used the same logic to expand activities in 2015 that we, as a society, condoned in 1953, we would still have residential schools, physicians telling us to feed our infants with formula and racial segregation in schools. We know now that those activities were wrong on many levels. We also know that locating oil transportation facilities and tank farms next to dense populations and along precarious marine routes is also wrong. We bought our house in lower Westridge in 2005, knowing of the Westridge Terminal’s location. We were not happy with the proximity but trusted that there was little risk based on history. However, in July 2007, there was a rupture 1.5 blocks from our home of over 200,000 litres of heavy crude. I was 34 weeks pregnant at the time. The environmental, economic, psychological and social impact was enormous. We still do not know the full impact of the fumes and direct contact with the oil on our health or the health of my soon-to-be 9 year old. Trans Mountain may claim that the rupture was not their fault but fault in this case is irrelevant. In a densely populated area, there are many actors and activities which can affect Trans Mountain’s best laid plans and are out of their control. I understand that the conditions that are imposed on these types of projects are intended to avoid those events, however, it is obvious that the risk and impact of these events would be significantly reduced in less populated areas.

burnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
AnnGrant

It is completely unacceptable to expand the Kinder Morgan pipeline. We know that we have to keep the oil in the ground not mine more dirty oil if the world is to control global climate change. This is the time that we need to develop other sources of energy and other ways of living. There is no social license for this project so why are you even considering it? Are we to conclude that you say one thing before an election and another afterwards? Time after time we get news of the dire effects of oil spills with disastrous results for local environments. How much more do we have to wreck the environment both local and global before we wake up and change our ways? The environment comes before the economy. We have to find other ways for people to make a livelihood besides working in polluting industries. And we have to support workers transitioning from these industries. We need climate justice not business as usual.

1715 Wallace StreetBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
Sandra LeaDube

Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory. The approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline will breach the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult the First Nation communities, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project."

TerraceBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LudwigKaiser

Please put a halt to the Kinder Morgan expansion. I live in the forest Grove area of Burnaby, quite close to the KInder Morgan tank farm. I also have the pipeline not more than 30' from my back porch. When this pipeline was built people still hunted deer on Burnaby Mountain. Since then development surrounds the Kinder Morgan property. What was appropriate 60 years ago is no longer so. This tank farm is close to elementary schools and is adjacent to main roads leading to SFU. The company hopes to triple the storage of the farm, cramming tanks very close to each other. Should a fire ever happen it will mean disaster for our communities. The oil loading facility in Burrard inlet is in one of the most beautiful areas in Canada. It should not be threatened by such a development. I am not in total objection to pipelines in Canada. However, I am opposed to it being situated in urbanized areas that have moved to the borders of Kinder Morgan. If approval of this project goes through it should not be located in a residential area. Times have changed and so should Kinder Morgan's plan to expand in Burnaby. They should look for an alternate site for their expansion, outside of Burnaby and Burrard inlet. The profits that they will make from expansion will more than pay for any re-location to a new site.

Burnaby, B.C.British ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
JohnTurner

Please don't let us down, Mr. Trudeau.

502-500 Talbot St.OntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AshleyWan

Please do not allow this pipeline to happen -- out of respect for the communities in the Lower Mainland, the First Nations (who have very vocally opposed this already as you know), and for the land. Stop putting the land and our future at risk. Find another way to feed the economy -- there is another way.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LawrenceDemoskoff

the BC has too much at stake to even attempt to bring more oilers in our waters Loss of health for those anywhere near a fracking plant. Not to mention what it does to the environment. There have been many spills around the world.. and the evidence about who pays for spills/cleanup. Usually if not always the taxpayers...

Start taking care of what the residents of BC want and not a disillusioning attempts at getting what causes us the worst damage - LNG\s and oilers.
Thanks for your time,
Lawrence Demoskoff

vancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PhilChen

There are few if any reasons, economic or environmental, to support an energy project like this.

It's not a question of "if" the pipeline will spill, it's a question of "when". The financial gain of such a project pales in comparison to the economic loss arising from a potential spill, not mentioning the long-term damage on the environment and all its associated negative economic impact. Kinder Morgan has been responsible for more than 1,800 violations since it was incorporated in 1997, nearly 500 of which were pipeline incidents.

We will be sending the world the wrong message if we allow the corporate monstrosity that is Kinder Morgan to gut through British Columbia, in order to ship even more tar sands to the US and beyond. If Prime Minister Trudeau and his liberal government are true to their pledge of taking on a new international leadership role in the fight for a better tomorrow, and the promise of real change, you will reject the Kinder Morgan expansion project. Changes of a profound and momentous kind must come from the political level, through policies and through actions like saying no to Kinder Morgan.

Thank you.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ChipsReid

I am opposed to the expansion as they intend to ship Diluted Bitumen("DILBIT") which , despite what Kinder Morgan have said, sinks in water ( fresh or salt ) within 48 hours and you will never recover it after that. Ship upgraded Bitumen .

The Vancouver harbour is no place for shipping DILBIT in tankers carrying 500,000 bbls of DILBIT.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/31970699/SPILLS-OF-DILUTED-BITUMEN-FROM-PIPELINES

EdmontonAlbertaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SummerScott

Please. Let's try harder, be more creative in solving problems tied to fossil fuel usage. Let's push for change. Let's be brave and forward thinking. Please, no pipeline, no tankers. We can do better. The time is now.

Port Coquitlam British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AngelaHollaus

As Prime Minister Trudeau stated, only communities can grant permission, and the people in BC have spoken loudly and clearly....NO!!! There has also been a blatant disregard shown to the owners and caretakers of these unceded lands, the First Nations.

We should be looking at renewables and sustainability....it is 2016 and oil is going the way of the dodo bird.

Time for Canada to get up to speed and get progressive. No more subsidies (my tax dollars) going to the oil industry!!

Time to put the people and future generations first!

Fort LangleyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CliffordPerry

Pipelines may be lower risk of leak, but our future health of living things should have a Zero Risk.
We must Reduce our oil use not encourage it !
Zero risk of worsening our already contamimated oceans !

And our First Nations arent just wanting to save their land... Their philosophy is that nature belongs to No One and that we are guardians of it Not Rapists of it !
Maybe for another decade or so continue using existing ones if capitalist society must... but we creatures that think we are clever should start acting like it ! Dont make more disasters-waiting-to-happen ! Please !

AllistonOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ValerieSawyer

No more pipelines, no more tankers. It's time to seriously switch to alternatives.

232 14TH AVEBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JaneKilthei

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, I write to ask you to unequivocally reject the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. There is much I could say about the damage this pipeline could do and will do to our coastal waters, to the salmon, other fish and to the fishermen and other humans and creatures that rely on those waters (because eventually pipelines leak and tankers have oil spills). But really the kicker in this whole situation is climate change. We are already seeing and feeling its impacts across Canada as storms and storm & flood damage mounts, summer droughts dry up our fish bearing streams and threaten our food supply, and forest fires rage out of control. And there is enough CO2 in the atmospheric pipeline (the one you don't have any control over) that these climate impacts are only going to increase, even if we stop burning fossil fuels tomorrow. We have run out of leeway. We can't build or get locked into using any new fossil fuel infrastructure, especially if Canada has any intention of keeping its climate pledge to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C. We need to be putting every ounce of our efforts and every dollars of our investments from both the public and private sector into alternatives to burning fossil fuels. Please say NO to Kinder Morgan and YES to action that stabilizes the climate for your children, my children and all of our futures.

1799 Pritchard RdBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SusanDraper

As a citizen of BC, I do not give permission to Kinder Morgan to build another pipeline. We need carbon based energy sources to stay in the ground, and any expansion of pipelines will bring an expansion of the fossil fuel industry. The web of life is what sustains us all. Can we begin to put policies in place that reflect that reality?

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
jacquelineMousseau

We in BC do not grant permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

2036 East Pender StreetBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EarlePeach

The Liberals have an opportunity to demonstrate that they truly understand the threat of climate change....rejecting this horrible plan is the minimum you can do

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PierretteGagnon

GET OFF YOUR CRACK!,,,

GarsonOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JandreetTotosaus

I oppose the Kinder-Morgan expansion project. We do not need the kind of risk that it poses. Please do respect the communities opinions and rights.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
HelenShilladay

The people of Chilliwack, BC, last week voiced their opinions to the panel at the public meeting - they eloquently and forcefully said
NO TO THE PIPELINE EXPANSION!
This pipeline expansion and dilbit movement represents a totally unacceptable risk to our people - the aquifer that provides our drinkin water that would be irreversibly contaminated in the case of a highly likely pipe rupture, the school children under whose playgrounds the pipeline runs, the residents who are living nearby from the risk of explosion and poisoning from highly inflammable, gaseous neurotoxic chemicals such as hexane used as diluents under high pressure in the pipeline, the valuable farmland that feeds us all being contaminated by a rupture or leak.
It was described as "insanity" to go ahead with this expansion.

The Trudeau administration promised to change the Harper big oil mentality and let people make decisions.
The Trudeau administration promised to respect First Nations rights and lands.
The Trudeau administration promised to protect the environment and to put Canadian interests first.
People DO NOT WANT KINDER MORGAN or any other pipeline. They do not want to contaminate our water supply, our productive farm land, our salmon-bearing rivers and our air.
They want jobs for Canadians and green initiatives that really do provide long term employment, community income and valuable tax revenue for Canadians.
People DO NOT want to allow projects that reward foreign companies who are intent on abusing and exploiting Canada for their own profit.
Prime Minister Trudeau - you will have delivered on your promise of "Happy days" when we hear you say a firm and final NO to Kinder Morgan for this and any other pipeline project.
Respect the people of Canada - our health, our children, our water, our livelihoods, our crops, our environment and our jobs - present and future - all depend on your rejection of this application.

ChilliwackBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Oosha Ramsoondar

As a resident of the Lower Mainland BC I enjoy the beauty, bounty and serenity of the Fraser River and consider myself so lucky to live where I do.

A pipeline rupture or spill will spell ruin for the river and all who dwell in and around it. The gains from the three fold capacity expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline are not worth the risks in terms of the destruction of marine and land based ecosystems; job losses in fishing, tourism, agriculture and other industries; health problems for millions of British Columbians; and the decimation of First Nations traditional cultural practices.

The world should be weaning itself off fossil fuels and Canada as a signature to the COP 21 climate agreement would not be acting in good faith towards achieving the ambitious targets set out in this document if this is pipeline expansion goes ahead.

I call on you and your cabinet to push ahead with a new vision for Canada and world, to reject the 20th century mindset of fossil fuel dependency, to explore and invest in the endless possibilities for renewable energy, to stand alongside ordinary British Columbians and First Nations and say NO to this project.

The present and future generations are counting on you.

Maple Ridge British ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
LaaraMixon

Historic and recent spills demonstrate how ineffective pipelines are at both producing a true economic ROI (without subsidies), and factoring in the government/community costs of clean up and ongoing loss of revenue they are nothing short of sheer stupidity.

North Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SuzanneCrawford

The community of Burnaby does not grant permission, nor the communities of Vancouver, North Vancouver or West Vancouver. We don't want dirty bitumen coursing through our communities leaking into the ground and spilling into Burrard Inlet and the surrounding bodies of water from the massive oil tankers that will disrupt the port of Vancouver's industries on a daily basis.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
JudyHancock

As I type this, there is a state of emergency in northern Saskatchewan because of an oil spill. WE NEED TO SWITCH TO RENEWABLE, CLEAN ENERGY! Even the tar sands workers are pushing for this switch now. C'mon, Justin... which side of history are you going to be on?

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JelenaPutnik

This proposed project and pipeline is completely the wrong direction to go in terms of economic, political, social and environmental health of our communities, our country and this world as a whole. The environmental (and in turn social and economic) damage that will happen where there is a spill on land and/or sea (and I have sailed those tight, jagged and rough channels where the tanker traffic would go and accidents will happen) must be avoided at all costs. All of our collective lives depend on a very quick switch away from biofuels and to solar, wind and wave energy. We must not facilitate the biofuel industry because its huge role in climate change and, in turn, droughts, high heats etc., are killing us all ....and very quickly. The acceleration of the economic, social and political crisis that global warming due to use of fossil fuels is creating is just speeding up. We have to take bold actions to stop it. That means rejecting this pipeline and working to shut down the oil fields in Alberta/Saskatchewan and switching and investing in renewable energy.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ReneAriens

Too dangerous and unnecessary an undertaking.

236 Main St NOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Ann-Marie Hunter

Mr,. Trudeau, there are huge numbers of us in communities across BC who do not want or need this pipeline expansion! Please follow through with your promises in saying that communities get the final say!

Those groups of people who are in favour of this pipeline have only one reason for supporting it - jobs! They have not considered the truths that #1 - pipeline builders would't be from BC. Ever since Gordon Campbell sold that industry to the US, British Columbians have not been the recipients of those pipeline jobs! And #2 - Kinder Morgan's application states that the number of resultant long term positions in BC would be 125! It makes no sense to give BC such huge environmental risks for 125 jobs! Linked with that is the fact that each municipality has to PAY THE PIPELINE COMPANY for the 'right' to have them build their pipeline in the community! Ludicrous! Listen to the people who care about our province and country, Mr. Trudeau! Please REJECT THE KINDER MORGAN EXPANSION PROJECT!

Kamloops British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
HaroldHenn

There is already enough BITUMEN being shipped through TMP. Expansion is NOT necessary. There is no social licence for the expansion. Create value added jobs in a refinery in FT Mac. Then ship refined oil to CANADIAN consumers. NEB is a farce.

LadysmithBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ManonTremblay

I support the various Indigenous Nations of the West Coast and the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, who are strongly opposed to the Kinder Morgan expansion project.

I am concerned by the huge increase in the number of tankers this project would bring in Vancouver's harbour and the risk it would represent for the West Coast marine life which is one of the most precious treasures we have here and which we should protect with all our strenghts.

I urge you, Justin, to stand for the rights of the Native people and to be the leader and the allied they deserve in their struggle to protect our environment and the land that has been stolen from them. Don't let any amount of money influence or corrupt your decision. Your own children deserve a clean planet to live on.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JolandaBienz

Not needed!

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GlennDeefholts

This pipeline project is very risky - witness the recent leak that will affect drinking water in parts of Sask for months. Also, investing in oil is short-sighted when climate change is already upon us and we need investment in alternative sources of energy instead.

Thank you.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JosephineWilliamson

This pipeline project will have no benefit to British Columbia citizens. We are strongly encouraging International travellers to explore and share our "Beautiful B.C." I am proud of the fact we still have some of the purest rivers and waters in the world and want to preserve what we have. With a pipeline expansion the forecast will be "what we have left".
I do not support this proposed expansion.

ParksvilleBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LaurenKresowaty

Now that a Husky pipeline (reportedly very safe, according to Husky) has spilled in Saskatchewan and poisoned the drinking water of 70 000 people, I hope the federal government can understand why, even with "world class" protections, the risk of an oil spill in the lower mainland is too great.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
gailwhitter

"Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory. The approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline will breach the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult the First Nation communities, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project."

trailBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KateVincent

Dear Sir:

I am 67 years old and, thus, an elder. As an elder, I urge you to reject the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project. This project will not benefit the people of British Columbia or Canada. It will benefit only Kinder Morgan and it's wealthy investors. At the same time, it will endanger the people, the environment, and the economy of the Greater Vancouver area as well as those of the Salish Sea.

And, if that were not enough, there is the small matter of our impending climate crisis. We know this is no joke. We have a responsibility to the world at large and to future generations to have the courage to do the right thing in the face of great economic and political pressure.

We are on the cusp of a new vision for a new worldview. You have an opportunity to position Canada as a leader in the struggle for a sane and just world where human rights and reverence for all living things trumps corporate rights and the greed of those who would sacrifice life for a dollar.

Please take this opportunity to take Canada back to its core values that have been so shaken and dismantled over the past decades. We are counting on you.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JanSlakov

The earth's resources are our common heritage. We are squandering this heritage on fossil fuel infrastructure projects like the KM pipeline.

We need to educate ourselves about how we can conserve energy and switch to a low carbon economy and do that right now. We must stop entertaining projects that jeopardize our future, like the KM pipeline, which would ship dilbit from even more oilsands projects than the ones we have now.

Already the Athabasca River, its fish and other wildlife, its people, are being contaminated. (I know people who tried to do a private prosecution because they showed that a SUNCOR pond was DRAINING into the Athabasca, but they were a bit inept (with the legal system)...)

We need to direct our resources, including human ingenuity, towards preventing the disaster of runaway climate change. Entertaining the possibility of the KM pipeline makes that possibility even slimmer than it is.

Salt Spring Island, BCBritish ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
MariannePhillips

Building another pipeline is just too risky. At a time when the science of climate change has become overwhelmingly clear, the construction of an expanded pipeline which would bring super tankers into Burrard inlet is morally irresponsible to say the least. There is huge opposition to this project by cities such as Burnaby, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Victoria. There is opposition by our local First Nations.
Wildlife, water quality, and habitat loss are just a few of the issues that are of grave concern. We cannot survive another oil spill. We should not accept an other pipeline leak that will pollute rivers, streams and ocean waters. We cannot accept one more whale death as a result of a collision with a tanker.
Please spend the governments' resources on developing alternative energy sources. Look to Europe and other countries to see what they're doing ...please don't blow this. It is the future for our children and grandchildren that is at stake. Please reject the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project.

New WestminsterBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JessieKerr

Please Focus on green energy. Focus on training, jobs, financial incentives and education. It is time to change the world for a healthy future!

Comox British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Lyle Petch

I wish to express my opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal. I am perplexed that this project would even be considered, let alone approved, in light of the climate change situation we are facing. We all know that we can only avoid the fraught climate future we are creating, by weaning ourselves off the fossil fuel teat. Please let your evident common sense make the right choice on this issue.

Salt Spring IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EbbyMohseni

I am opposing to the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tanker Expansion.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
HowardBreen

Leave It In The Ground -- abolish fossil fuel extraction and use, and get this country in climate and ocean emergency mode! ASAP

202-666 Cook StreetBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MaryanneSlater

I'd rather see the environment and Aboriginal rights protected than this possibly short-lived pipeline project.

The world is increasingly supportive of renewable energy, especially China. Only the most irrational conservatives are beating the dead horse of fossil fuel expansion.

It isn't good to the last drop.

Thank you.

ReginaSaskatchewanNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KirstenEbsen

Please halt the Kinder Morgan pipeline project and put that money to use developing renewable and environmentally friendly sources of power instead. Let's get out from under the weight of using Canada as a raw resource to sell to the world and seriously focus on specialization.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DKavanagh

Dear Prime Minister,

Please walk your talk. "Only communities can grant permission."

Taloyoak NunavutNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JanRadford

As a Burnaby resident who lives very close to this pipeline, I do not want to see it expanded. We should be moving away from fossil fuels not increasing capacity so we can export it to other countries.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DeniseDufault

Why continue to pander to the polluting fossil fuel industry? When we have committed Canada to reduction in this industry? Instead promote Green Energy and Jobs! Stop lying and supporting rich friends at the expense of all of us, including your children.

SlocanBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Andrew Phillips

There is a great danger that Kinder Morgan will not respond in a timely fashion to a spill because as shown by the Husky Saskatchewan spill of a few days ago the noted pressure fluctuation which was in actuality due to the leak in the pipeline was considered to be normal. In other words, it was disregarded by Husky because it was just one of many FALSE POSITIVES in pipeline pressure. The pipeline company cannot discern the difference between a normal pressure fluctuation in the line and a pressure fluctuation due to a spill. As a result the spill is not identified for many hours. This problem exists for all pipelines - Kinder Morgan's as well - and is a major reason for the large size of the spills.
This one reason alone is enough for the Canadian government to reject the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project! There are many more as you most definitely have heard in recent months. Please reject the Kinder Morgan expansion project!

New WestminsterBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RichardFahlman

Approval of the project is tacit endorsement of a future committed to fossil fuel use beyond what we can tolerate.
Not only does it imply an expectation of continued use of fossil fuel, it puts the Salish Sea in a position of Russian Roullette with the inevitable spill.
Do NOT approve this project.

Gillies BayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
WendyWulff

The Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion is something that I am strongly opposed to.
Please do not approve this.

Instead, approve projects that promote sustainable energy initiatives.
It's 2016 !

Thank you
Sincerely
Wendy

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CaroleHenshall

I oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project. Let's make Canada a leader in sustainable power development.

106-1528 E.5th AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MargrietCoolsma

I do not want to see KInder Morgan expanding their pipeline. First of all it makes no sense to build more pipelines, when the rest of the world is moving to renewables. Green energy is what I want to see for Canada. Get with the program.

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KarrenSmith

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Would you be willing to tell me what else I, an elder citizen can do to be encouraged by seeing evidence that you hear, and respect all the voices who have told you to reject any Kinder Morgan expansion?

Would you do me the great honour and communicate that you really do hear that my community DOES NOT GRANT PERMISSION to this expansion.

With all due respect, end this Hilary Clinton side show. Please.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RaymondBradbury

I urge you to put a halt to the crazy Kinder Morgan project by rejecting Trans-Mountain's application for the bitumen pipeline through to Burnaby.
Their proposal is dangerous and runs contrary to your government's commitments on curbing climate change.

WEST VANCOUVERBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JanetLumb

I live in Montreal but lived in Vancouver for 10 years. Every gesture,action that is not environmentally sustainable affects all.

No pipelines. Please. Invest in solar energy. Please.

MontrealQuebecNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
TravisPonsford

Hello,
I live in the Forest Grove area of Burnaby. I look at the large fuel silos every single day. I look beside multiple high pressure oil pipelines. Because of my close proximity to these pipelines and fuel dumps I feel very strongly that we do not need this Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. The long-term potential hazard of more Pipelines far outweigh the short-term economic benefits of this project. We now live in an age of rapid climate change. It's time for a new solution. Sustainable energy production needs to happen right now. It needs to happen on a federal, provincial and Municipal level. I strongly oppose the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Travis ponsford

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DianeKennedy

My main concerns are twofold:

1. Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health. Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in the Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield.

2. Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into the Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in a sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic in Vancouver Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea which already harms sensitive marine wildlife. One tanker accident could have catastrophic impacts on salmon, killer whales and other marine life, and cause devastating losses to the coastal economy. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil or diluted tar sands bitumen on the West Coast.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarianHargrove

As a presenter at the NEB hearings on the Northern Gateway pipeline and a commenter on the Kinder Morgan pipeline much research on these two projects was required. Under no circumstances should pipelines carrying dilbit ever be built.

-No method currently exists to clean up spills on land, fresh water or ocean water. (Kalamazoo, Michigan and now North Saskatchewan River).

-Any short term benefits provided in the form of jobs and support services for long term are far outweighed by simple spill cost and insurance levels for this would be quickly used up with the remainder falling to taxpayers.

-Water is the single most valuable commodity worldwide in that life in all forms depend on it - not oil. We have sufficient technology already to replace energy needs now provided by petrochemicals ("This Changes Everything" authored by Naomi Klein)

-Climate change is mankind's greatest threat and the carbon production of the tar sands must not be encouraged by pipelines carry this heavy carbon product.

-Ocean life is already threatened worldwide by acidification and warming. Increasing tanker traffic off the west coast would result in further decimation of already threatened species like killer whales.

-Local communities (Burnaby and Vancouver, Gulf Islands) have been very vocal in their opposition to this pipeline - if "while governments may grant permits, only communities grant permission" is to be honoured this pipeline must never be built.

I would ask that this opportunity be used to exhibit our ability to long term plan; without the change from short term to long term thinking we will have little hope in averting changes making life unsustainable for most of the generations to come.

Salt Spring IslandBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
NoraEtches

Dear Mr Trudeau,
I am a BC resident and definitely do not want the Kinder Morgan pipeline expanded.
Thank you,

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CarlesRoch-Cunill

The Southern Gulf Islands were I live are a beautiful place. It will take a single accident, even a minor one, to destroy all that beauty. And beauty in this case translates to hard economic realities in the form of tourism attracted to this beauty.

Accidents happen. I can accept they can be mitigated, but definitely they will happen. And when they happen the main burden will be carried by the people living and working in this area, while the secondary burden by the Canadian taxpayers.

For the people living in this area the risks overcame any possible benefit too many times over to even seriously consider this possibility. Why should anybody living in this area accept to have this Damocles sword over their heads?

And the above consideration do not even include the global impact of putting more CO2-fossil-fuel-generated into our overheating atmosphere.

Sincerely,

Salt Spring IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DianaPartucci

I DO NOT WANT ANY PIPELINES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. PLEASE THINK OF THE BEAUTIFUL NATURE WE HAVE IN THIS PROVINCE AND THE DAMAGE THAT THOSE PIPELINES WOULD CAUSE TO RIVERS AND LAKES. THE ANIMALS DON'T DESERVE TO BE DESTROYED.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
MargaretCoutts

The Kinder Morgan pipeline poses unacceptable risks to people in Burnaby. And, by the time it is built, Canada and other countries should be well on their way to being much less dependent on fossil fuels.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SusanAndrews

Far more eloquent people have mustered arguments against this shortsighted and stupid project. I will only say one thing. Cancel it. Why?
Because it's 2016.

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
simonePage

Please respect the wishes of this community!

victoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EdwardLafleur

Please, stop the Kinder-Morgan pipeline expansion.

Thank You.

CourtenayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BillBradley

With global warming upon us we need to act now to move to renewable energy sources that do not pollute.
The risks of pipeline leaks to too great as evidenced by the recent Husky oil pipeline breach with bitumen contaminating the river in Saskatchewan. The water supply of Prince Albert is now shut down.
The risk of a spill to our coastal BC shorelines and waters is too great due to the increased oil tanker traffic to about 400 tankers per year. Too many tourism and fishery jobs are at stake to risk a single splill ot to mention that there is no system in place to contain an oil spill into our waterways.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Dawn Dale

Kinder Morgan has its head stuck in the sand, The Tar Sands, and does not realise that the epoque of fossil fuel is finished, that the Tar Sands and its pie lines and tanker projects are not welcome in this new age of environmental/ecological responsibility. We want and need the future of our children more than we do dirty fossil fuels. Community after community has risen up to reject the pipeline and tanker proposals, it is time for the government to listen to its citizens rather than corporate interests.

And think about the time time of the North Saskatchewan River spill this month that will affect communities for months and years to come.

GatineauBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AndréMartel

No means no

ottawaOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DonnaJohnson

I was born and raised in Metro Vancouver, I am First Nations , a member of Wuikinuxv Nation , Rivers inlet BC. I do not wish to see an increase of tanker traffic carrying oil or bitumen going anywhere on this pristine west coast. The risks are elevated because the First Nations on this coast rely heavily on the ocean for our main staple , fish and shellfish. It would only take one oil spill to destroy the ocean , the fish ,then the people who are the caretakers of this great land and sea. Please do not let greed , money and oil destroy the Pacific Ocean, we love this coast and rely on it for food fish. Gi ana kaci for reading this. Peace

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarleneMeddings-Smith

Prime Minister Trudeau II should be taking Canada in a new direction. We, British Columbians DO NOT want tankers or pipelines anywhere in or near our Province.
We could and should show the world we are 100% committed to solar, wind, tidal and all forms of renewable energy.
In the name of sanity leave fossil fuels and the transport of same in the graveyard of the past.

THANK YOU.

2005 Sunfield CrescentBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LauraMalcolm

Pipelines are dangerous to the environment and to the First Nations

HopeBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Tanis Wilkie

We must find safer ways of fuelling our energy needs. There is far too much money being fed to traditional fossil-fuels, and far too little being spent on researching alternative energy sources.

Salt Spring IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DeniseDowdy

This project will further harm our environment. We need sustainability. This project is not sustainable. We need to look far into the future. Not 5, 10, or even twenty years down the road. We need to think about the next fifty to one hundred years and beyond.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
brenteichler

Pipeline approval will endanger Liberal support in BC, and will result in civil disobedience.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
LauraMarks

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Back in April I sent you a banner containing 90 letters from people in reiterating our hopes, plans, and demands, including:
-respecting treaties with First Nations and full consultation with First Nations
-canceling the $46 billion in subsidies to petroleum companies and reinvesting in alternative energy, education, health care, and affordable housing
-keeping the Paris promise of 1.5 degrees
-and of course, NO KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE!

On March 3 we paraded to the Vancouver Convention Centre to display the banner at the People’s Climate Assembly, while you were meeting with the First Ministers inside.

Did you receive the banner and its digital documentation? We still mean all of it!

Sincerely,
Laura Marks

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EllenVaillancourt

Stop Kinder Morgan!

Ne westminsterBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RobinLowry

Honorable Prime Minister Trudeau.
Greetings. To advise that I had the greatest respect for your Father, both while Prime Minister and later when I would see him on the street near the corner of Pine Avenue and Cedar Crescent in the late 70s or early 80s. I'm writing just to drop you a line and give you my thoughts about the Kinder Morgan pipeline. You are aware that we are coming up to a point of no return with respect to Catastrophic Climate Change. When the forests are burning and cities burning it will be too late. We in BC do not want Kinder Morgan or other pipelines for bitumen or LNG. Fossils fuels are stuff of the past that has to stay in the ground. The alternative is to incinerate our kids and their children. For your thoughts and to guide your actions.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DianaSchroeder

Please protect BC - it's land, it's water and it's people. The people of Vancouver have built a beautiful city, please do not jeopardize the sustainability of this region.

CourtenayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JeremyWilliams

No means NO

We the people say NO

Powell RiverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GregWebdale

Its not a matter of IF but WHEN there will be a spill, which will wipe out Burrard Inlet and billions of dollars in other people's and industries interests (the tourist industry, for example). Look at what has happened with every other spill, including what is happening in Sask, at this exact moment. Kinder Morgan wont even share their spill response plans with us. Do they even have one?

RichmondBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Marlyn Horsdal

Imagine sitting on a plane or a train, when suddenly you are overwhelmed by a drastic attack of diarrhea. You are helpless to stop it; your clothes, the seat and the floor are drenched in stinking liquid. The smell! The disgust!| The damage!
This scenario, on a larger scale, is what will happen to the BC coast when a tanker accident spills oil. Increasing tanker traffic means increasing the risk of causing catastrophic and irreversible harm. Beaches, rocks, animals, bird and the bottom of the sea will be smeared and coated with a smelly, poisonous substance. Spilled oil can NOT be removed from the beaches, the water and the sea floor, any more than diarrhea can be cleaned out of an airplane seat. The seat can be replaced: the coast cannot. If Canadians continue to pump oil to the coast, we are the ones sitting in our own diarrhea.
No new pipelines to the BC coast!

Saltspring IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GregWebdale

Have you ever been out on the water, say - sailing or paddle-boarding, and some rusty hulk of a tanker blows by, belching fumes and stinking up the air, its wake nearly capsizing you, its captain completely ignorant of other boats in the water? Now imagine seven times as many of them. Imagine the exponentially increased risk of a spill - pretty well a certainty. We can see the Kalamazoo-like speed that the spill in Sask is being dealt with, and Kinder Morgan have flatly refused to share their spill response plans, saying that they don't feel they have to share this critical information with us. Their sneering arrogance is their lame way to hide the fact that they don't have a plan, that's why

RichmondBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
WayneFroese

Kinder Morgan has greatly understated the risks, and grossly overstated the benefits, of their pipeline proposal.

Benefits come down to basically three things: Jobs, Tax Revenues, and Indirect Benefits.
It's already well-documented that KMX will provide a pathetically small number of permanent jobs. Meanwhile in typical pipeline-proposal business case fashion, temp. construction jobs are inflated by referencing man-years as though they are equivalent to jobs. This means that someone working on the pipeline for three years is represented as 3 jobs. And that is about the average: temp. jobs calculation is inflated 3x.
Tax Revenue: while touted to the public as a huge sum of money, privately to their shareholders K.M. boasts about how their shrewd use of corporate restructuring results in their being nearly non-taxable. Given their first priority - really, their only priority - is to their shareholders, it's likely the latter is the more reliable.
Indirect Benefits: these are misleading claims. An economy, like Nature, abhors a vacuum. In the absence of the KMX, other activity will arise creating financial benefit activity similar to KMX. In the absence of KMX, our economy will NOT be short $billions as their case implies.

Meanwhile the risk : for our Chilliwack community, a pipeline spill would be catastrophic if it were to occur anywhere the pipeline route crosses our water supply aquifer (several km). And that's only one of the numerous large-scale and irreversible outcomes possible (and in some cases, likely) as the result of a pipeline leak or spill.

The ratio of Risk to Benefit for the public is a near-vertical line. KMX must not be built.

46350 Cessna Drive, ChilliwackBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
allancrawshaw

I stand solidly opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan expansion project!!!

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JenniferFabbri

As a resident of British Columbia, I am opposed to ANY pipeline in BC. The few jobs it would create are nothing compared to the jobs that would be lost if there was a breach. The current spill of 250,000 litres of oil in Saskatchewan should be proof once again that spills happen. This would devastate tourism, the environment, jobs, wildlife, fisheries, etc. NO PIPELINES IN BC!!!!!!!!!!!

DuncanBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LuigiLovato

Please Prime Minister,You have been here yesterday the last time, you know how much BC people love our coasts, don't let the greedy ones rule and ruin our lifes!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DebbieKrull

This is old technology. Stop wasting time on these projects. No more. New visions and solutions have come forward that will alleviate people need for paid labour.

Vancouver, CSTBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SandiGoldie

Please do NOT allow the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline! We need to move swiftly toward green energy in order to head off the climate disaster.

North VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SandiGoldie

Please do NOT allow the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline! We need to move swiftly toward green energy in order to head off the climate disaster.

North VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DanBlake

People in my neighbourhood are adamant in their opposition to the new Kinder Morgan pipeline. It is the wrong direction entirely. We need a strategy that takes us off fossil fuels, not what Kinder Morgan is proposing.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RobinDenton

It is a matter of considerable concern that your Government appears to be so biased toward approval of the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project.
This comes at a time when there is growing public realization that all fossil fuel usage must be phased out. Allowing this project would be a disaster for Canada and indeed would add to the world's problems with climate change. Approval would fly in the face of Canada's commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change!

North VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RudiLeibik

We do not want any expanded pipelines, tank farms, or fracking projects in BC, in Canada, or globally at this time of precarious global warming, and change. The time has come to look to alternative sources of energy, as is being done around the world, especially in developing nations. End this madness, and respect the Earth now.

thank you,

Rudi Leibik
voter/citizen/parent

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
NoraDryburgh

As a person who has lived in the World for 90 years, through good times and bad, I'd like to think that generations will follow who make more informed decisions than we did. A lot changed in times when we lacked knowledge and accepted the actions of scientists, who at the time would do anything for money and fame without much thought or understanding of the consequences. Now we all know (some Choose not to know) that the great extinction is on its way if we insist on our excesses.
Members of the Cabinet have information available to tell them that the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project will speed up the end of the wonderful life we have here. The World will continue to go around the Sun, and the Moon will be there as usual.
Instead of facilitating the end of living things here use the money Kinder Morgan pipeline would cost to increase the possibility of stabilizing the living World please.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Alisa Clarke

The company only has insurance to cover 1.3 billion in costs when an oil spill occurs, but the wildlife, marine, housing, drinking water, jobs and welfare of the communities would cost a lot more than that.
Kinder Morgan has already had several spills in 2005 in the Burnaby area alone.
I am part of this community and I do not grant permission for the Kinder Morgan expansion!
The amount of ships going to China with the oil travelling through the pipeline is astronomical. The costs for us to buy the oil back from China in some other from will be outrageous and the harm those tankers will have on the water and in the water is unimaginable. They are trying to displace the silt at the bottom of the Burrard Inlet already just to make it so the tankers can get in that area.

CoquitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
IrinaCeric

The Kinder Morgan expansion is an environmental disaster in the making, putting not only local communities in danger but perpetuating reliance on unsustainable energy sources. Equally important, the pipeline expansion has been clearly rejected by the First Nations whose territories the pipeline crosses. The NEB process is deeply flawed at its best, and in this case, it has totally missed the point.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ChristineElsey

Dear Minister and Prime Minister,
Please prevent this pipeline expansion and oil tanker increase (on the Salish Sea) from taking place. BC citizens, Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver and numerous First Nations are strongly opposed to this project and do not want it. Please assist us in insuring it never happens.
Thank-you, Christine

North VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LesleyKimber

Prime Minister Trudeau,
Please don't allow the oil and gas industry to put citizens of Canada, wildlife and our natural world, in harms way. Please take seriously the state of the worlds' environment and Canada's part in it and please be the Prime Minister who takes Canada into a more sustainable future. Please give your full support to transitioning away from fossil fuels.

Salt Spring IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JessicaDuncan

We all know that there is no room for fossil fuels if we are to avert total climate disaster. We all know that pipelines leak. We all know that we owe it to the next generations to put an end to this madness and do everything we can to repair the damage already done in the past few decades. If it's jobs that worry you, then start firing the energy subsidies into clean energy and science and research, so we can employ people to create a world we are proud to leave to our children.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
StephenCollis

I am opposed to the new Kinder Morgan pipeline with every fibre of my being. There are three main areas of concern, as I see it. First, local pipeline spills do and will happen, without question—one only has to think of the recent Huskey spill in Saskatchewan, or recall the 2007 spill, in Burnaby, on the Trans Mountain line. The risk is real, it can devastate local waterways and communities, and it is unacceptable. Second, I do not believe affected First Nations have been adequately consulted, not are their voices being heeded. Several nations (the Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam amongst them) have been steadfast in their opposition, and several nations have open cases, in the courts, against the expansion. To proceed now is, I believe, contrary to our constitution, and unethical. Finally, I am convinced by the science of climate change; this transformation of our planet’s atmosphere is happening, now, in real time, its consequences will be devastating, and we know the source of the problem: fossil fuels. The transition to renewable energy must begin immediately, and I am not at all persuaded by the argument that building new fossil fuel infrastructure can in any way be part of a transition to renewables. The pathway is clear; all that is needed is strong leadership to set the new course.

We are at a historical juncture of grave importance. I think we will look back and see this as a turning point—the moment we began to move, resolutely, once and for all, away from fossil fuels. Or else, we will look back and see a missed opportunity that sealed our climate fate. The stakes are that high. We have to say no to new fossil fuel infrastructure, no to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

DeltaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Shari Tarantino

Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) Washington State non-profit organization working on behalf of Orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends. Orca Conservancy collaborates with some of the world’s top research institutions and environmental groups to address the most critical issues now facing wild orcas.

The organization’s urgent attention is on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs). These three pods, J-Pod, K-Pod and L-Pod, were decimated by the depletion of prey resources, the accumulation of marine toxins, and the destruction of salmon spawning and nearshore habitats. This population of SRKW is a Distinct Population Species (DPS) and is listed as ENDANGERED on the Species At Risk Act (SARA) in Canada, as well as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), in the United States.

The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, if granted permission to move forward, will increase the amount of oil transported from Edmonton to Burnaby’s Westbridge Terminal from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.

It will increase tanker traffic through Burrard Inlet, the Strait of Georgia, Haro Strait and then out through the Strait of Juan de Fuca by nearly seven times, and tanker traffic will go from 60 tankers per year to over 420 per year.

This amount of tanker shipping traffic will increase the potential of a major oil spill happening (greater than 10,000 barrels) every seven years. We know that crude oil has a much greater impact on marine environments than refined gasoline products. Crude oil is thicker and heavier, so it does not easily evaporate. In the case of the Exxon Valdez, a population of killer whales (AT1) lost most of its reproductive age members due to the spill, and is now headed towards irreparable extinction. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists, of all the threats posed to orca whales in the region, the threat of a major oil spill is the single greatest risk to the species, and such a spill could easily eliminate our resident orca population. This will not be a matter of IF it will happen, but WHEN.

Increased ships = increased noise. A review of of the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project submission, from Department of Fisheries Canada (DFO), found the company only measured noise pollution in marine mammal habitat from one single tanker and did not include noise exposure from other marine traffic. Kinder Morgan also misapplied noise exposure models, leading to inaccurate results and did not use adequate measures to calculate potential whale strikes from oil tankers. Chronic noise is viewed as just another potential nail in the coffin of the Southern Resident killer whale population.

After over a decade of federal protection, the population of SRKWs has yet to show signs of significant recovery, with 83 members total as of August 2016 – still five members fewer than when they were initially listed. This population needs to exceed growth of 200 members to reach historical levels.

It is important when considering a project of this magnitude to distinguish between environmental effects AND environmental impacts. Environmental effects are the broad range of potential measurable interactions an oil spill will have on the marine environment. Environmental impacts are effects that, with high certainty, rise to the level of deleterious ecological significance.

In closing, if we continually throw obstacles in the way of this population we cannot ever expect it to recover sufficiently. Ultimately, if we lose this population of SRKWs it will have widespread and significant negative impacts on the economy and ecology of the region. We urge you to stop/discontinue the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline immediately.

Thank you,

Shari Tarantino
President, Board of Directors
Orca Conservancy
M: (206) 379-0331
orcaconservancy.org

SeattleWashingtonNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
louisebourassa

Climate Change: The proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase tar sands export capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned — This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change.
Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health. Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in the Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield.
Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into the Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in a sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic in Vancouver Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea which already harms sensitive marine wildlife. One tanker accident could have catastrophic impacts on salmon, killer whales and other marine life, and cause devastating losses to the coastal economy. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil or diluted tar sands bitumen on the West Coast.
First Nations: Seventeen First Nations in BC are firmly opposed to the project, including the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations in the Lower Mainland. The latter two have launched lawsuits to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult them, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project. Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples.This relationship can only be real and strong by standing with the First Nations and oppose the Kinder Morgan project.

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RandallCollins

Our shared Puget Sound is too precious and fragile to risk. Please reject Kinder Morgan expansion project.

SeattleWashingtonNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Kelsey Macneil

Time and time again the world has looked on as pipelines leak and spill, hurting our environment, animals, and the human life that encompasses it. For what? for revenue? Fuck you. Making egregious amounts of money in the name of keeping people shut up while you make your billions off the backs of compassionate and giving human beings. I for one am sick of this mind frame that you are perpetuating just so that you can perpetuate and outdated and unneeded resource. How much more pollution can this planet take? not much more you greedy, apathetic and selfish people. The coastline of B.C is a fragile place that is being systematically killed by these traits and actions I have just stated and I am using this comment section in hopes of getting through to someone out there that will do some good in this evil society we live in. Please help the majority stick up for a healthy and compassionate future.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Sandra Currie

I don't get it. You're a parent, I'm a parent. I presume we're both reading what environmental scientists are saying. Climate change is happening faster than they predicted. There are no plans in place to deal with the consequences we're already caused. So why support projects that will cause more damage-which will dramatically effect the quality of our children's' lives?

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MoyraTurner

Please leave our ocean and coast at peace !no tankers no pipelines no kindermorgan!

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ChrisHildebrand

Please for the love of our beautiful, stop Kinder Morgan now!!

36 - 4511 Chatterton WayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KellieMcDonell

The surface land is being ruined by oil spills....the world is finished with fossil fuels! Don't let fossil fuels finish our world.
Kinder Morgan is evidently a 'care less' company when it comes to environmental safety.

NewcastleOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JeanneRioux

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is hazardous to all people living in B.C. I say this because no matter what the oil companies say, there are always leaks. What leaks out is filthy, messy material that kills wildlife and people if the the oil gets into the water and the ground water. People can't live without clean water.

The project will cause thousands of trees to be cut down, and without them we cannot breath.

You may think there is endless territory for these pipelines, but that is not so, as this pipeline is most often running through Indigenous lands and they will get the bulk of trouble when something happens to the pipeline.

What I see is that you don't care, even though you did agree to make life better for the First Nations people.

Pipelines are not necessary. Why don't you get going on training for those who have lost their jobs because the oil prices have gone down, and give them the opportunity to learn the new green technology, that will cause much less grief in our impending future. It's time to start moving more in the direction now, not 10 years from now. We will never reach our goals of reducing greenhouse gases and carbon proliferation if we don't start now.

NO MORE PIPELINES IN CANADA!!

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Shirley Turcotte

There are too many long term risks that come along with the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.
We do not grant permission for this pipeline. There is too much at stake.

NO MEANS NO to Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
jeff king

- ruined livelihoods and lifestyles and lost revenues from one spill far outweigh any economic benefits of pipeline

-putting a pipeline full of this toxic cocktail through an earthquake zone with scientific proof of a substantial future seismic event combined with the following tsunami is beyond foolish considering the disaster it could create both onshore and offshore

-this corporation could care less about the public as all they care about is profit...the bottom line and how to cut corners to increase these profit

- the poisoning of drinking supplies....how about the effects of the most recent spill in the North Saskatchewan River?? And how goes the clean up of this mess?? oh my who knew it sank?

Long story short NO !NO! NO!!!! stupid idea!!!

nanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LeanneMcKenzie

The Communities have NOT granted permission.

New WaterfordNova ScotiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Sarah Strange

I grew up in the Supernatural British Columbia era. I've lived here my whole life. Such a beautiful blessed place to live in a beautiful blessed country. I feel lucky to live and raise my son here.
And so I absolutely INSIST that this government quit fucking with my house. We must do better. I am predicting a massive class action suit due to severe climate anxiety- which IS a thing and it's getting worse. I myself can't sleep.

DO BETTER. NO PIPELINES, NO TANKERS, STOP SITE C, 100% GREEN ECONOMY.

Regards,
Sarah Strange.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Dianavan Eyk

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

It's time to leave fossil fuels in the ground, stop putting our land waterways at risk by transporting them through tankers or pipelines, and and start seriously developing clean energy.

You made a commitment to respect the voices of First Nations and putting land and water at risk this way violates that commitment.

You also made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Paris last year, and the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project breaks that commitment too.

Please leave your mark on our country and our world by rejecting this project and others like it, and getting serious about renewables.

NelsonBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Andrew Carr

Keep our coastlines oil and pollution free.

CoquitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DonnaJohnson

We love this coast and there is absolutely no room for more tankers or pipelines that pollute , and destroy all environments they are in. Havent you done enough damage, the West coast is much different than the east coast , we are mostly aboriginal and dont want you or your pipelines, tanker and disasters that will affect our land and waterways for years to come!! NO PIPELINES,NO TANKERS ON OUR COAST !!

272 Johnston PlaceBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
James C, Miles

All of this destruction you are allowing will cement your legacy with absolute distaste.
You children and your grandchildren will spit when your name is mentioned.
The entire country will never forgive you.
Also, you may know me by my next statement.
BAN FRACKING!!!

TorontoOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
WendyJones

Dear Honorary Prime Minister Trudeau,
I call upon you to end any attention to giving Kinder Morgan any type of permission or permits for expansion. BC must not have the power to grant permissions, the Kinder Morgan expansion or even any thought or bit of energy that goes towards it affects all of Canada. Please stop and think about this for a moment.

Thank you for starting the MMIW inquiry, us FN people are happy about this as most Canadians are. Please don't be an opportunistic man and stop there. First Nations need more and we don't want lip service so please don't put us on the back burner.

I challenge you to step things up concerning the environment, FN and Canada's legal ability to bring all together.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BethBoxall

We don't need or want more of this. Let's move forward into the modern age of energy options

West Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LietteBoisvert

This project goes against any serious plans to mitigate climate change.
With the scientifically proven current climate emergency, fossil fuels need to stay in the ground.
A majority of Canadians wants real leadership from their government to reduce CO2 emissions, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project will only go against any serious effort to reduce GHG emissions.
We owe future generations a safe planet to live on and while Canada risk missing its COP21 Paris agreement target, the Kinder Morgan project becomes utterly nonsensical.
For the safety of all Canadian citizens, I urge the Canadian Government to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.
We need to accelerate the transition towards sustainable energies, and the time is now.

BécancourQuebecNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PaulMagnus

reject it.
legalize rejection of FF infrastructure, tackle #climate.

11191 Barkentine PlBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Johannah Newmarch

The issues have been been highlighted again and again. But in short, it's an environmental disaster, creates few lasting jobs, and huge numbers of Canadians oppose it.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DennisXi

It is a serious crime to allow the expansion project go ahead. The existing pipeline is already endangering the community. The expanded one will put the local residents in an even more dangerous environment. Stop it! Ask kinder Morgan to move the pipeline to somewhere else.

We are calling Primer Minister Trudeau to reject the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project. Put Canadians' safety first! Think about long term benefits for the local residents.

Dennis

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CinciCsere

No Kinder Morgan, no LNG and no Site C. Period. No fracking way!

Squamish British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
kenledoux

Pm Trudeau, support of projects like pipelines and Site C dam, and issuing permits to gold mining companies that have already polluted with a tailing pond failure flies in the face of your avowed commitments for Real Change across multiple First Nations and environmental issues.

We voted for you with great hope and expectations from your government. Please don't let broken promises and campaign promises become a signal part of your legacy.

Sincerely,

Ken LeDoux

Scugog TownshipOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BeverleyClifford

Thus is driving g us in the wrong direction, no more oil infrastructure projects pleade. Focus needs to b o. Renewables!it's a risky project that coukd have disastrous consequences for our coastal waters . What happened to Canada's Paris summit agreements if staying lower than 2%...

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LauraMoro

Stop ruining Canada's land.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RheannaNeilson

This is a risky development that will threatened a biologically critical environment that is the foundation of so much life and livelihood on the coast. One industry can not be held above the others. Please revoke their expansion in the coast.
Rheanna

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
TanjaLehmann

You do NOT have my permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline, it violates the interests of the citizens, also it nullifies your promise to the First Nations that you made before being elected, that you will listen to them when it goes about approving such energy and industrial projects.

MunichArizonaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AnneMcDonald

I DO NOT support the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal because:

1. There are unacceptable risks for Lower Mainland residents and the environment
2. Indigenous rights need to be respected
3. The pipeline expansion is not of economic benefit to Canadians
4. Climate change is already happening. We need to act now to avoid more catastrophic changes
5. We need a transition off fossil fuels plan now, not a fossil fuels growth plan

1. There are unacceptable risks for Lower Mainland Residents and the environment
The proposal to twin the pipeline is projected to triple the capacity to carry, not conventional oil, but the much more hazardous dilbit.
Lower Mainland residents are alarmed about the proposed massive increase (seven times the current) in mega-tanker traffic in narrow Burrard Inlet and the risk to the health of the water, wildlife, environment and humans should there be a spill.
Burnaby residents are rightly worried about expansion of storage at the tank farm on Burnaby Mountain and the lack, and in fact impossibility, of adequate emergency evacuation plans in the event of a leak/fire/explosion. Other Lower Mainland residents should be equally concerned about the potentially toxic results of an accident. These risks are compounded by the known fact that the Lower Mainland is a potentially high magnitude earthquake zone.

2. Indigenous Rights need to be respected
There was not adequate consultation in the original hearings, nor has there been in these ones either. The Tsleil-Waututh, who have done extensive study, and the adjacent territory Squamish have launched lawsuits about the (failure of) constitutional duty to consult. The federal government’s failure to do this contradicts their stated desire to sign on to the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Canada needs to sign UNDRIP and honour it.

3. The pipeline expansion is not of economic benefit to Canadians
The small number of long term jobs that this project promises are not worth the risks. There are no real economic benefits for locals/Canadians and an oil spill would threaten other local industries and present huge cleanup costs to taxpayers. The economic benefits flow to a US corporation that pays minimal Canadian taxes. But this reason is minor compared to the risks associated with climate change.

4. Climate Change!
If it’s built, it will increase oil extraction. We cannot expand tar sands production and meet national targets for reduction for green house gas emissions! We cannot wait another generation or even decade.. It’s insulting to the intelligence of Canadians to suggest to us that we can live up to our climate commitments to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees (informed scientific opinion already disputes the possibility of limiting it to 1.5) and pay for transition by getting more tar sands oil to market. Climate change is already causing serious disruption. I want a government that not only tells the truth about the science of climate change, but acts on it.

5. We need a transition plan now, not a fossil fuels growth plan.
I want the federal government to work with the many concerned citizens throughout regions of Canada who to formulate, fund and implement “Just Transition” plans that figure out how to transition off fossil fuels rapidly while retraining displaced workers for new work.

I am a 68-year old almost lifetime Vancouver Lower Mainland resident. I have family who work in the fossil fuels industry.. I spent my entire work life as a teacher preparing children and young adults for the future. I want them to have one.

310 -1529 E 3rd AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KateGordanier-Smith

Here is my presentation to the federal Burnaby Town Hall on the NEB Kinder Morgan environmental review process Aug 11, 2016:

WHAT THE N.E.B. LEFT OUT:
RESPONSE TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT’S REQUEST FOR CITIZEN INPUT INTO WHAT THE NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF KINDER MORGAN’S PIPELINE EXPANSION PROPOSAL
LEFT OUT

KATE GORDANIER-SMITH
BURNABY BC
August 11, 2016

INTRO

My name is Kate Gordanier-Smith. My husband and I moved to Burnaby’s Big Bend area near the Fraser River in 1985. I remember taking our 3 year old son to Fraser Foreshore Park to play on the beach when a group of Elders walked by and told me, “You mustn’t let your child play there! It’s full of dioxins from the pulp and paper mills!”

It has taken all our communities along the mouth of the Fraser River more than 30 years to reclaim the waters from the poisons of that early industrialization to the point where salmon are returning.

My federal government has requested citizen input on what the NEB Kinder Morgan environmental assessment process left out. My first point is that we shouldn’t even be having this conversation until we have come together as a nation to establish a National Energy and Climate change Plan.

1.CUMULATIVE UPSTREAM/DOWNSTREAM IMPACTS OF INCREASING INDUSTRIALIZATION OF OUR WATERS AND SHIPPING MORE FOSSIL FUEL

Having said that - first, the NEB did not consider the cumulative impacts of adding bitumin tankers to the increasing industrialization of our local and regional waters, nor upstream/downstream impacts of increasing shipments of fossil fuel

Fortis B.C. has begun a $400-million expansion of its Tilbury LNG facility on Delta’s Fraser estuary. WesPac Midstream has proposed an LNG export terminal near it, entailing an estimated annual increase of 122 mid-sized LNG carriers and 90 more barges in our waters. Downstream from these sites is the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, a fragile ecological site of international importance to millions of birds, fish and other wildlife.

Our BC government proposes to build a 10-lane bridge near the mouth of the river, likely removing the Massey Tunnel to allow dredging 4 m deeper than the river is now, which would then allow 80 Panamax-size ships a year to direct-load US coal from Port Metro’s proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal-loading terminal, directly across from densely populated New West Quay.

The Port Authority has approved jet fuel movement on the Fraser and has repeatedly requested that the proposed new bridge be high enough to allow tall ships carrying this fuel to pass under.

The Port Authority has also approved doubling its transport of steelmaking coal from Neptune Bulk Terminals so the Port’s total proposed coal export capacity of over 50 MT a year, when burned, will release global- warming emissions exceeding more than B.C.’s current annual emissions, according to a letter co-signed by James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The Port proposes a new grain terminal operating near the Second Narrows Bridge necessitating more tanker traffic. Combine these numbers with Kinder Morgan’s proposed annual 300 bitumin tankers and Canada’s contribution to climate change becomes staggering and the waters of the Lower Mainland and Salish Sea dangerously congested.

In contrast, West Coast Port Arrivals last year show that the Port of Seattle, which like Westridge Terminal is located inland in a tortuously congested stretch of water, of 23 Port Arrivals slated for June 11-July 2, none were oil products. Nor were there any at Everett’s port, where tankers need only negotiate around Whidbey Island to reach the Strait. Port Angeles, right on the Strait, had 3 arrivals. Of the three other major west coast ports, all with direct access to the ocean between June 9 to July 11, San Francisco was slated for 8 arrivals, Long Beach for 5, and Los Angeles for 2. Kinder Morgan proposes in a similar period 29 Aframax-class oil tanker arrivals.

The tortuous journey Kinder Morgan’s tankers must negotiate includes sailing under the Second Narrows Bridge, possibly requiring dredging; crossing through the Sea Bus’s 15-minute scheduled sailings; under Lions Gate Bridge with its heavy commercial traffic, strong currents and narrow channels; past numerous parks and beaches; through English Bay’s pleasure craft and its monthly 50-60 container ships; negotiating to open ocean across 7 Canadian and US ferry routes including roughly 840 monthly Vancouver-Victoria sailings, 180 monthly Victoria-Seattle sailings and multiple smaller islands’ ferries.

The cumulative impacts of the increasing industrialization of our waters , including increased marine traffic from growing numbers of bitumen, LNG and coal tankers, and the upstream and downstream impacts from the extracting and burning of these new fossil fuels were not considered by the NEB environmental assessment.

2. LOCAL AND LOWER MAINLAND FIRE AND SPILL DANGERS

Second, the NEB assessment did not address the local fire and dilbit dangers nor spill response.

Burnaby’s Deputy Fire Marshall Chris Bowcock speaks of the fire dangers associated with expanded bitumen storage on Burnaby Mountain. Basically, there are14 proposed new oil storage tanks which are much bigger than the old ones. The old tanks were situated such that there was a two-tank distance between each one, so if one ignited, firefighters could get between two, put out the fire, and contain it.

Now the proposed bigger tanks must be squeezed together in a limited space, and each new tank’s blast area, should it catch on fire, is so immense that fire fighters cannot get between tanks to stop one igniting another. Plus our fire department’s first priority is to save lives so they must concentrate on massive evacuation of nearby residents, but these tanks’ bigger blast areas cut off road access to Burnaby Mountain. Fire spreads upwards so there will be little time or place for humans around SFU or animals in the nature preserve to escape.

Kinder Morgan refused to share, without conditions, their plan of how they will contain and put out a fire while our fire fighters evacuate residents. Their response to Chris Bowcock’s request for their plan of how they will evacuate SFU was that they “do not interfere with an education institute’s evacuation plan.”

As well, Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson, a Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology prof at SFU, combed through chemical safety manuals to discover that dilbit is full of carcinogens with one constituent so deadly that it binds to human DNA, especially in fetuses, with cancerous, mutative effects that show up for years.

Dilbit is heavier than air so when it explodes, the gas hugs the ground. Children in three nearby schools below the tank farm have no hope of evacuation without full protective gear. When 3 teachers asked Kinder Morgan about the effects children would suffer from being near an explosion, Kinder Morgan replied: "discomfort, irritability…light headedness, minor vertigo, dizziness."

Dilbit can ignite in any temperature above -5 C. In the first few minutes it shoots into the air, then for the next THIRTY DAYS continues to settle from the atmosphere. The whole lower mainland is at risk. Long-time Burnaby resident and businessman John Clark crunched the numbers and said that if all the proposed bitumen tanks for this site exploded, it would be 137 times worse than Lac Megantic.

Nor did the NEB properly address spill response dangers. Harry Wruck, former Senior General Counsel for decades with our federal Department of Justice in Vancouver, now a lawyer with Ecojustice, asserted after the bungled response to the small oil spill in English Bay last April that Canada's "emergency protocols are ill-equipped to handle a spill of any kind."

3. NATIONAL AND GLOBAL SECURITY DANGERS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

Third, the NEB did not address the national and global security dangers of adding to climate change through expanding extraction and burning of bitumen. This is a discussion that needs to happen at a national level prior to any new pipeline.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel calls the effects of climate change “threat multipliers” and warns they can enable terrorism and other forms of violence.

NASA just reported that every month this year up to the end of June was the warmest globally since records began 130 years ago. Global warming in the North is 2 to 3 times the world average because the Arctic ice that used to reflect the sun is melting, enabling the ocean to absorb more sun rays, warming and heating the north, adding to the global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions

Environment Canada's Climate Researcher Ross Brown reports that Canada’s Arctic islands are now the world’s 3rd largest contributor to sea-level rise as glaciers melt more quickly than any time in the last 2000 years, inundating coastal cities. A new danger, revealed in a joint-study by York University and the University of Zurich, is that a Greenland ice sheet covering an abandoned cold war cache of low-level radioactive waste could start to melt at the turn of the century, impacting the security of all nations.

Research from Rutgers University suggests that the retreat of Arctic sea ice reduces the temperature difference between the North and the Equator, slowing down the Jet Stream so that it now “wobbles”, causing weather fronts to stall, creating severe weather events like flooding and droughts. Changes in the Jet Stream are implicated in Greenland’s huge ice loss of 250 billion tonnes a year, adding to sea level rise. Wild storms are getting more frequent and intense. Cyclones along the east coast of Hudson Bay have already increased by more than 15%.

The Boreal forest, which covers nearly 1/3 of the Earth’s surface, is breaking up due to climate change. A new survey of recent boreal forest research in Science says it’s “urgent we place more focus on climate mitigation and adaptation”. Research from Trent University shows a large gap developing in the boreal forest between Ontario and Quebec with the loss of lynx, moose, caribou and hare and the attendant loss of diversity, a strong indicator of ecosystem health.

NASA reports that swaths of boreal forest have turned brown, contributing to bigger and hotter forest fires. Severe fires burn a foot or more of soil, the insulating layer that keeps the permafrost from melting. The melting of permafrost in our northern regions due to climate change threatens airport runways, buildings, the transport of food and medicines, and animal migrations. Communities are unable to reach each other. 43% of the 200 kms of road between Whitehorse and Alaska is seriously impacted, with road repairs costing $30,000 per km, seven times the national average, according to a Yukon government report.

The life cycles of viruses and parasites speed up when it gets warmer. In B.C., 80% of our mature lodgepole pines died from a pine beetle whose range and season greatly expanded with warmer temperature. B.C.’s forest carbon emissions data shows that between 2003-2012 the province’s forests lost more carbon than absorbed, pushing them from being a carbon sink to a carbon source because dead forests release massive amounts of stored CO2.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences joined 70 other science academies from around the world in declaring that ocean acidification threatens food security and human health and well-being.

The NEB environmental assessment addressed none of these national and global security issues related to climate change and extracting and burning more bitumin.

4. ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND STRANDED ASSETS

Fourth, the NEB did not address the economic dangers of climate change, nor did it allow us to cross-examine Kinder Morgan's "expert witnesses” when they asserted this pipeline was in our country’s economic best interest.

The former Canadian National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy estimated in 2011 that climate change could cost our country between $21-43 billion per year by 2050, equivalent to 0.8-1% of GDP. The Canada Insurance Bureau said severe weather events cost Canadian insurers $1.6 billion in 2011 and this May the massive Fort McMurray wildfire alone cost an estimated $3.58 billion. Even smaller weather events result in significant damage by overwhelming aging sewer systems.

The unanimous Supreme Court of Canada decision upholding the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s effective control over their traditional territory impacts the economics of this pipeline proposal. That decision said that economic development proposed by non-aboriginals requires explicit consent from host First Nations on land where the Supreme Court’s expanded concept of land title is established.

This June the Tsleil-Waututh applied to the Federal Court of Appeal to quash the NEB’S endorsement of this pipeline, saying it would cause significant adverse environmental effects not considered by the NEB as required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and that the NEB didn’t consider their independent assessment of this project as a part of their own law and jurisdiction. I believe their first case against the NEB starts this September. In June the Squamish Nation filed a court case against the NEB decision. First Nations’ court cases are achieving a high degree of success. That’s part of Canadian economic reality.

In March of this year the UN Committee on Economic Cultural and Social Rights said Canada's weak environmental protections and climate change policies are negatively impacting our human rights, especially for indigenous people.

Two weeks ago in a landmark case, the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights sent 47 major carbon emitters, including our Suncor and Imperial Oil, a 60-page document accusing them of breaching Filipinos’ fundamental rights to “life, food, water, sanitation, adequate housing, and self determination”. It argues the companies should be held accountable for the effects of their greenhouse gas emissions in the Philippines and demands they explain how human rights violations resulting from climate change will be “eliminated, remedied and prevented”.

Last year Mark Carney, former Governor of the Bank of Canada and current Governor of the Bank of England, in a startlingly prescient speech to the global insurers Lloyds of London, said a major risk from climate change was the risk of liability for carbon extractors, emitters and their insurers if people who suffer loss and damage from the effects of climate change seek compensation from those they hold responsible.

Last September Mark Carney warned fossil fuel companies that their investors face “potentially huge” losses from global climate change regulations that could make vast reserves of oil, coal and gas “literally unburnable”.

Just two weeks ago Suncor Energy CEO Steve Williams rocked the Alberta oil industry when he announced during an investor conference call his company’s plan to leave some of its oil sands reserves in the ground. He is advocating for changes to Alberta’s oil sands industry regulations that demand companies extract every last drop of oil

CP Rail’s CEO Hunter Harrison told a transportation conference in March that fossil fuels are "probably dead" and that the transition to alternative fuels may take a long time, but new investments in traditional energy sources will dry up because of growing environmental hurdles.

Two years ago former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called climate change the single biggest risk to the global economy. Forbes Magazine reports him comparing the build-up of greenhouse gas emissions to the debt excesses of 2008. He said flawed government policies encouraging the overuse of fossil fuels are like the banking incentives which encouraged risky borrowing to finance unaffordable homes.

The International Monetary Fund considers climate change to be a greater economic threat than global economic instability. The International Energy Agency, of which Canada is a member, warns that passing 2 degrees C in average global temperature will have “dire” consequences. The World Bank declared that 3.5 degrees of warming would be “devastating” and says that mitigating climate change is urgent. Even China – to whom investors look to buy this bitumen - is turning away from fossil fuel with 28 nuclear reactors under construction and more planned.

Because we weren’t allowed to discuss the impacts of climate change, human rights and stranded assets, none of this economic reality was allowed to pop the bubble that this pipeline is in Canada’s best economic interest. To the contrary, it is a dangerous global liability

5. RETRAINING, CARBON TAX, SUBSIDIES, ETHICAL INVESTMENTS, DIVERSIFYING THE ECONOMY

And last I ask that you take to our Prime Minister my understanding of where as a nation we need to go from here when this pipeline is defeated: retraining, ethical investments and diversifying our economy.

First, invest in retraining oil sands workers to decommision Alberta’s derelict oil and gas wells. The Petroleum Services Association of Canada just asked the federal government for $500 million to decommission 75,000 sites. This hardly scratches the surface. Let’s federally invest in all provinces to support decommissioning. It creates jobs, retains expertise and provides economic and environmental benefits. As the CEO of the Petroleum Services Association says, it’s a win-win situation.

Second, place a national price on carbon and use the proceeds to massively invest in clean energy and green business initiatives. India alone estimates its transition to a low-carbon future will cost $25 trillion USD in public and private money. That’s a phenomenal clean-energy company business opportunity!

Third, take the annual $2.7 billion fossil fuel subsidies and invest them too in R&D in green energy and sustainable businesses that mitigate the effects of climate change and make the world safer, cleaner and more equitable.

These economic policy shifts will appeal to young investors. A number of new financial surveys suggest that Millennials are more sensitive to “socially responsible investing” than older generations. Standard Life Investments, the 250 billion pounds sterling asset management arm of Standard Life, recently cited a poll of UK Millennials that found only 39% of 18-24 year olds and 35% of 25-34 year olds place investment profits above social or environmental issues. The older people got, the more they were concerned with high returns.

The 316 billion Euro BNP Paribas Wealth Management just reported that 8% of its total assets are now in Socially Responsible Investments. Investors from top wealth management firms like Massachusetts’ Walden Asset Management advocate for greater investment around climate policy. It says a growing number of asset managers have teams dedicated to evaluating and building socially responsible portfolios.

Investing in sustainable, green businesses will help diversify our economy. For the past decade Canada has become less diversified. Between 2000-2013 our economic complexity index, a measure of economic diversity that helps protect us from global turbulence, shrank from 1.1 to 0.7 as we focused on the resource sector rather than facilitating new business. Let’s change this focus

Fourth, Royal Roads University estimates that municipal governments currently "have direct or indirect control over approximately 44% of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada” and that municipalities have the potential of providing 15-40% of Canada’s 2020 emission reduction target. Let’s massively invest in green municipal infrastructure and initiatives, starting with social housing.

And fifth, let’s come together as a nation and set out our goals and aspirations for future generations in a National Energy and Climate Change Plan

6. CONCLUSION

In conclusion, former ICBC CEO Robyn Allan said when she withdrew last year from the NEB review, “a decent society…accounts for the environmental costs of production”. The NEB did not establish a level playing field; the game was rigged. Responding to this federal call for input, I choose to believe that our Prime Minister truly needs citizens’ national endorsement to take leadership, stand against this environmental degradation for the illusion of jobs, and refuse this project, starting Canada on a sustainable path.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it’s time for all of us to do what the science tells us we must do, what our faiths require of us, what our fragile planet demands of us: “take strong action to combat a truly life-and-death challenge.”

Gavin Schmidt, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, says we could go hell-for-leather towards a business-as-usual scenario, “resulting in an unrecognizable planet”, or we can try really hard to mitigate against that and, “by making smart decisions, adapt to the changes that are already ongoing.”

The NEB’s environmental assessment facilitated a blatant hell-bent-for-leather business-as-usual project that leads to a warmer planet, severe changes in weather patterns and accelerating sea level rises. It is not a “smart” decision.

And I say to my prime minister that should Cabinet approve this project, I and likely thousands of fellow Burnabarians will stand behind our Mayor in mass acts of civil disobedience to stop it from proceeding. This dangerous pipeline will never be built! Thank you.

ADDENDUM: SUGGESTED OPPORTUNITIES FOR
GREEN INVESTMENT

As mentioned before, for the past decade Canada has become less diversified, with our economic complexity index (measuring economic diversity which helps protect us from global turbulence) shrinking from 1.1 to 0.70 between 2000-2013. For a decade we have focused on the resource sector rather than on facilitating new business. Let’s change this focus and massively invest in sustainable businesses, such as:

• UBC's 4 projects to sequence genes of fast-growing trees, like poplars, that can be planted and harvested in quick cycles, leaving old growth forests alone to capture carbon, purify water, protect fish habitat and provide the habitat necessary for biodiversity
• Burnaby's General Fusion that is developing fusion power based on magnetized target fusion
• Calgary-based Carbon Engineering's carbon-capture pilot project in Squamish, a $9-million plant that will capture almost a ton of CO2 each day, equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road annually, sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with the goal of turning it into fuel
• Burnaby-based Ballard Power Systems, hydrogen fuel cell specialists that in June last year signed a deal to provide fuel cells and tech solutions to 33 fuel cell-powered buses in two Chinese cities, and recently provided fuel-cell technology for buses deployed by Belgian manufacturer Van Hool
• Mississauga’s Electrovaya Inc. with its 400 battery-management patents and lithium-ion batteries that can be put together “like lego sets”. Last month it signed a letter of intent to supply $288 million worth of batteries for residential energy storage in Europe and a $53 million memorandum of understanding with an e-mobility manufacturer It has deals to supply electric buses and a 0.8 MW tractor-trailer-mounted battery for New York utility Consolidated Edison Inc. to use in lieu of a generator in power outages.
• Wind farms such as the private-power firm Pattern Energy Group LP's $400-million Meikle wind energy project near Tumbler Ridge
• Calgary-based Borealis Geopower's two proposed B.C. geothermal power plants at Canoe Reach near Valemount and Lakelse Lake near Terrace. Alison Thompson, Chair and Co-Founder of Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, has said that investors world-wide look to Canada for geothermal investment opportunities but so far there has been little movement.
• Let's turn the best agricultural land in northern BC, with the only class one soil north of Quesnel (to be flooded by the proposed controversial Site C dam) into a world-class centre for hothouse cultivation. Climate change is making agricultural land and food security a top priority.
• Invest in grid-scale solar power plants projects like the SunMine joint venture between Kimberly B.C., landowner Teck and the non-profit renewable energy firm EcoSmart
• Run-of-river hydroelectric projects such as Alterra’s Jimmie Creek, a 62 MW project co-owned with partners the Klahoose First Nation, Tla'amin Nation, and Shíshálh Nation. It’s now selling 100% of its renewable power under a 40-year energy purchase agreement with BC Hydro that expires in 2056. Unfortunately, B.C.’s independent power sector, which invested more than $8 billion in B.C. in recent years, may be rendered redundant by the contested $9-billion Site C dam. Alterra CEO Ross Beaty says: “Independent power companies in B.C. really have no future in the province and have to go elsewhere…We’re focused almost entirely on the U.S., where they’re going gangbusters on developing clean-energy projects.”
• New underground natural gas storage facilities like Alton Natural Gas Storage in Nova Scotia, a project to develop three salt caverns about 1,000 metres underground
• Vancouver-headquartered Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, founded in 2006 as a spin-off from UBC Civil Engineering Department research lead by Dr. Donald Mavinic. Ostara’s specialty is recovering nutrients by harvesting phosphorous from the sewage treatment process to make pellets of magnesium ammonium phosphate, called “crystal Green”, used in a fertilizer that doesn’t dissolve in water, thus won’t wash out of farm fields. Instead, acids secreted in the roots of plants when they’re trying to feed activate the pellets to release nutrients. Ostara installs and monitors their equipment as a “side by side” industry with municipal sewage plants. Municipalities extract and collect the crystal green as a added financial benefit, and save money through not having to reprocess liquid sewage a second time to remove more phosphorous which, when run back through pipes a second time, gums up pipes and increases maintenance costs.
• UBC engineering professor Madjid Mohseni’s truck-based mobile water treatment plant. With 540 boil-water advisories in B.C. last year, most in remote areas, Dr. Mohseni’s mobile water treatment micro-plant is outfitted with a variety of filtration and purification modules that can be assembled in different combinations to find what works best under local conditions, reducing expensive engineering studies and ensuring only required elements for each particular site are built into a permanent plant. Local residents participate in the site testing, gaining confidence they can run the permanent installation once the mobile micro-plant moves on.
• The aboriginal owned and operated Mussell Crane Manufacturing in Chillawack. Started in Fred Mussell’s garage, it now employs 30 people, earning $11 million last year. 1/3 of the workers are Skwah members, the rest local. Mussell Crane and the Ministry for Social Development and Innovation run a provincially-funded 16 week Heavy Industry Manufacturing Training Program for people on Employment Insurance benefits.
• Revive indigenous traditional technologies such as Parks Canada’s project to restore ancient seafood farms in the Gulf Islands National Park. The Hul’ q’umi’num and Wsanec First Nations are helping the park rebuild 1000 year old rock walls in two clam gardens that snake along the bottom of a shoreline, creating a productive terrace. The $900,000 five-year Parks Canada project is guided by Elders who demonstrate to youngsters traditional cooking techniques and food preservation.
• With fresh fruit and vegetable prices rising 12-18% since last year, invest in grocery businesses, like Loblaw’s Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills and B.C.’s Discovery Organics that sell “ugly” produce that used to be thrown away. These trial programs are credited with reducing billions of dollars of food waste in a year and help farmers earn income on misshapen produce.
• Support young people with bright ideas for reducing pollution such as 22 year old Miranda Wang and 21 year old Jeanny Yao who, as grade 12 students, discovered a bacteria in the Fraser that eats plastics. They founded BioCellection which biodegrades plastic pollution and upcycles unrecyclable waste into products for textiles. Having won $90,000 in 22 entrepreneurship contests, they took their company and two provisional patents to Sillicone valley to tap into R&D resources.
• B.C. wants to expand the numbers of its electric vehicle charging stations and increase use of environmentally friendly cars. It’s provided $50,000 to help certify electricians in installing and maintaining charging stations, subsidizing their course fees. Let’s increase this investment across all provinces.
• Develop urban infrastructure like public transportation where local leaders are often reluctant to raise the necessary taxes
• As mentioned before, India estimates its transition to a low-carbon future will cost $25 trillion USD in public and private money. This is a phenomenal clean-energy business opportunity - let’s jump to the future, not run to the past!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
gordonsadler

In addition to other comments you have received about this project I would like to add my concern that not enough consideration has been given to the increase in bulk loading ships coming and going from Pacific Coast Terminals in Port Moody. The facility currently loads ships with Sulphur and Glycol as well as other products. They are currently undergoing a major expansion to begin shipping potash. They will be dredging the inlet which will allow bulk loading ships in excess of the current size restrictions to pass in and out directly in front of the Kinder Morgan dock expansion. Current maximum size of the ships is 241 meters in length and 80m tonnes capacity. They currently handle 100 ships per year but with improved loading facilities for sulphur and glycol and the addition of their new product, potash, there will be many more large ships in the inlet increasing dramatically the possibility of collision and a devastating oil spill. The expanded Kinder Morgan dock will be right in the way as these bulk loaders pass each other in the Belcarra Bay area. Further, I am concerned with invasive species brought in on the hulls of these ships and in the bilge water. I know there are regulation about the bilge water but look what happened in the great lakes region. This is not the right place for an oil loading facility even if there were no other reasons and , as you have already heard, there are plenty of other reasons not to approve this KM expansion.

BelcarraBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
TeriSonnenberg

I love the ocean, the west coast, and wildlife. I think the pipelines are wrong, and harmful, for all of these, and for the people that live nearby, and for those that depend on the resources for livelihood. I also think that we are technologically advanced enough to find far more highly evolved Alternatives that are much less damaging that oil and gas. I also have lived on the west coast, and boated and kayaked in the ocean around the many islands of Vancouver and the coast. The coast is rugged and the odds are preventing another Exxon Val Des is not very likely if the pipeline us allowed. I sincerely ask you to reconsider the plans for this pipelines, other pipelines, and other oil and gas projects, and begin starting investment in Alternatives such as tidal, solar, and wind power and creating green jobs with this.

CalgaryAlbertaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JanetHinton-Mann

Canadians are great people, that's what other countries keep telling us. So I don't want to be seen to be a hypocrite. Here's why I think we are in danger of being viewed that way. A quote from an article by Suzuki. THERE IS NO WAY WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING PIPELINES OF ANY SORT. NOT ONLY ARE THE HAZARDS TO THE ENVIRONMENT IMMENSE, BUT WE CHEAT ON THE PARIS AGREEMENT! SEE QUOTE BELOW:
So, how much better is Canada's climate target than before the Liberals swept to power? Astonishingly, not one bit. Despite all the activity that has taken place, Canada is ignoring its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal. The Paris Agreement doesn't include individual national promises. Those have been made and tabled with the UN climate secretariat. Canada's target was tabled in May 2015 by former environment minister Leona Aglukkaq. It's the weakest in the G7. Of course, the previous government made few plans and took no steps to hit its mark. But the Harper government's goal of reducing emissions 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 is still Canada's target. So while the premiers are building a plan, they're building it to hit the old, weak target.

Canada's leadership in getting the world to agree to hold global average temperature to 1.5 degrees will come to nothing if our current levels of commitment remain in place. In fact, the impact of the aggregate of actions pledged to date by all nations — assuming all countries hit their targets on time — will not be to hold global average temperature to 1.5 C. Those actions will not hold temperature to 2 C. The impact of hitting current targets on global average temperature ranges from 2.7 to 3.5 C.

Unless the current round of targets is withdrawn and replaced by more ambitious actions — something called for in the Paris Agreement as "ratcheting up" — we'll lose any chance of keeping Arctic ice at the pole, which will set off feedback loops that will accelerate global warming. Cascading events of greater severity will become unavoidable.

These levels of global average temperature increase are beyond catastrophic. Low-lying island states will be condemned to sinking below the rising sea level. Increasingly persistent and severe droughts and floods will force millions from their homes and have devastating impacts on food and water supplies. And we will run a growing risk of passing thresholds in the atmosphere that amount to a point of no return. Human civilization cannot withstand runaway global warming.

PLEASE MR TRUDEAU DO THE HONORABLE THING. SUPPORT ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF ENERGY. NOT PIPELINES

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SheilaAdams

The proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline will cause more harm than any possible benefits it could bring to the British Columbia region, with potential damages throughout the Metro Vancouver region and around the province.
I call upon the House of Commons to do all it can to prevent the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, and support the municipal and provincial governments by rejecting the proposal for the expansion project.

vancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LORRAINEMYTON

We need clean energy !!! This is not a good idea . Most of us in BC are saying NO we do not want the pipe line expansion . We all know what disasters will occur before long . Kinder Morgan has had enough spills we do not want more . Kinder Morgan is the one who will gain the most . Remember your campaign promises . Listen to the people . This is not a good idea for our country . We do not need this let's start investing in clean energy only.

bbyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
VictorInman

I am absolutely opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project - there is major risk to residents living near the pipeline, and to our coastal waters - once pristine.

Kinder Morgan says they have had no major spills or "accidents" in the past - that is just not true.

The oil companies, Alberta (who produces the oil), and other countries who receive the oil, etc. reap the benefits, while BC (specifically Burnaby, New Westminster, the Burrard inlet, etc.) bear all the liabilities. There is virtually NO benefit to BC and coastal residents, and with oil supplies already limited, there is no reason to "ramp up" production and distribution of oil - that will just make us run out faster, and cause increased environmental damage. We should be using existing oil supplies as needed while trying to LESSEN reliance on oil, and increase other sustainable and less environmentally damaging sources of energy.

I think this is a short-term, short-sighted attempt by oil companies and others with vested financial interests in the increasing use and distribution of oil to maximize profits, at the expense of homeowners along the route, streams, fish, other ecosystems etc.

I encourage you to stop the Kinder Morgan expansion.

New WestminsterBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EarlRichards

The Kinder Morgan pipeline has to be stopped, because there is no world-class equipment to clean-up a toxic, tar sands spill. Google and read, "Enbridge's, Kalamazoo River disaster." We do not want this to happen in the Fraser River watershed. Let's keep beautiful British Columbia.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EarlRichards

The toxic, tar sands have to be stopped at the BC/AB border, because there is no world-class equipment to clean-up a spill. Even if, the equipment did exist, how would KM and their responders get the equipment to the spill site on time to prevent another Enbridge, Kalamazoo River disaster from happening in the Fraser River? A spill from Kinder's Morgan's pipeline down into the Fraser River will kill BC's sport and commercial salmon industries. To understand just how destructive a tar sands spill can be, Google and read, "Michigan oil spill effects could be repeated here", by Michelle Barlond-Smith. The tar sands should never be permitted to reach Burnaby, because the cancer-causing benzene would be a by-product of this spill. Piping the tar sands thru BC is a stupid idea to begin with.

A spill from a tanker down into Vancouver harbour will destroy over 30,000 jobs in Vancouver's tourist industry and lower shore-side, real estate values. The tanker corporations have no equipment to clean-up a spill.

The Haro Strait, tanker traffic route is too close to Victoria. A spill from a tanker down into the Strait will kill all forms of aquatic life, including marine plant life, and it's "Bye, Bye, Willows Beach". The tanker corporations have no equipment to clean-up a spill of tar sands from the bottom of the Haro Strait. Trudeau, cancel this pipeline. Let's keep beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
janinebandcroft

leave it in the ground. reduce energy usage (i.e. go vegan). nurture alternate sources. that's what a responsible "leader" would say and do.

victoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EarlRichards

With over 400 tar sands tankers transiting the Boundary Pass and the Haro Strait, it is a disaster that is going to happen. The Haro Strait tanker transit route is too close to Victoria. The cancer-causing benzene would be a by-product of a spill from a tar sands tanker in the Haro Strait. On 21 MAR 2011, while flying over the Gulf Islands, I looked-out the window and saw below a 350 foot bulk carrier with a white hull and a light, brown weather deck, with its bow on the shore. What happened? Does any one know. This incident must have been covered-up, because I cannot find anything in Google. Bulk carriers load at Vancouver Wharves, which is owned by Kinder Morgan. It would be in KM's interest to cover this up, because this vessel could have been a tar sands tanker. This grounding took place on the flight path between Victoria airport and Calgary airport. I matched the outline of the islands I saw, to the outline of the Gulf Islands in Google maps, and it appears the incident occurred on the north shore of Mayne Island. So what? This accident shows how easier a tar sands tanker accident can happen, with the resulting environmental and ecological destruction.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ElaineJaltema

My family and I live near the tank farm and terminus in North Burnaby. We believe it is unsafe to transport and store this toxic, flammable substance in a residential area and near schools. It is especially hazardous in an area that can expect to be effected by earthquakes. Additionally, those who live, study, or work at SFU would be trapped by a tank farm emergency. Also short-term economic advantage is outweighed by long-term environmental risks and unnecessary increase in climate change.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AdamSealey

Dear Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,

Please be truly Honourable and do the Right thing by rejecting Kinder Morgan on this pipeline upgrade. Why? They, as a company, have proven time and time again that they cannot be trusted. In more examples than I could possibly name here they have been busted by US agencies for not only presiding over many oil spills in their operations but also for being involved in corruption, bribery of officials and so on. It's on the public record and easy to look up. I'm sure you must know this and I'm sure it concerns you to let this company have even more influence than they already do in Canada.

If you're serious about addressing climate change and listening to the consent or non-consent of communities then you'll reject this pipeline expansion.

We don't need more loss of life in the Salish Sea and along the route in our watersheds which will inevitably suffer oil spills.

Instead of selling raw bitumen to the Chinese and others why don't we upgrade and refine oil products in Alberta and ship value-added energy products to the world. Now THAT would make sense!

Thanks in advance for listening to our communities when we say "We don't grant permission to Kinder Morgan!"

Sincerely,

Adam Sealey
West Vancouver BC

West VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
madeline sloan

Dear Mr. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

Today is a day off for me. It's a gorgeous summer day, and I would love nothing more than to spend it at the beach, relishing in the glory of Vancouver, British Columbia. Our nature is spectacular, our ocean views second to none.

I would bring my dog to the dog beach and watch him frolic & chase other dogs. I would read my book, and take take lots of deep, cleansing breaths. I would call my grandmother. I would take a nap in the sunshine. I would eat a fresh peach, with the sea glittering in front of me. It would be a lovely, rejuvenating day.

But that's not what I'm doing today.

Instead, as a born and raised Vancouverite, I am fighting for my right to a healthy environment, by opposing the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. I will be delivering a petition with hundreds of other concerned, educated and engaged citizens. I'll sitting in a Town Hall, listening to speakers touch on all aspects of opposition for this project. Instead, I will be anxious and stressed, tense and frustrated, the opposite of a rejuvenating day.

This is not how I want to spend my day, and I'm tired of having to put my life on hold to fight against corporate greed over and over again. The sheer volume of emails I get per day with a call to action to oppose this or that, attend a meeting, write this letter, share this petition, forward this email, post this on Facebook - it's a full time job. But that's the point, right? Keep me so busy with so many things at once, that hopefully I'll just get too overwhelmed and do nothing?

You know every single reason why this project should not be approved. This whole process is a joke - a 3 person Town Hall thing, in the middle of summer, with conflict of interest appointed staff, non-french speaking etc etc. I mean come on. Do you think you are fooling us? Give us more credit than that. This is just a sham to make it look like you are "doing the right thing" by listening to the public. You're not. You are doing the wrong thing by accommodating corporate greed over public & environmental health. I'll say that again, more plainly. You are putting profit before people.

Justin, you stated "governments grant permits, only communities can grant permission". I'm pretty sure we did all that already - remember Burnaby Mountain? Remember all the other protests? And yet, here we are again, and I'm forced to spend my valuable time once more fighting against a Texan Oil company.

You are my Prime Minister, wether I like it or not. You're better than Harper, but honestly, we are expecting a lot from you. We need you to break the system. Business as usual is easy. Be courageous. Be bold. Be different. Our world can't take the old approach any longer, and citizens are refusing to be held down. In every deliberation, we need you to consider the environment & the people first, always.

Till the next summer day I skip fighting something else...

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KathrynWright

Honourable sirs,
Even as we suffer climate change and oil spills, Kinder Morgan is going to add to that. I want my grandchild to have water to drink. So many tankers will spoil the coast and there will be a spill. No if but when. The owners of Kinder Morgan are not responsible people. I do not want the pipeline. I would like the government to invest in renewable energy resources: solar power, wind power. Not fossil fuels. Please, please, please.
Yours truly Kate Wright

even as we suffer climate change

CouitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KennyMackie

For Gawds sake Justin give your head a shake... Canadians have put environment way ahead of the economy... building anything that has to do with fossil fuels..is like building cages for Dodo birds... STOP IT get on with transition to clean energy.

Port Alberni British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ClaudeTani

Please reject the Pipeline expansion project. Even if it makes economic and environmental sense to proceed with the project. Proceeding with the pipeline will cause massive protests and problems. Why do you wish to fight with your own people and waste our tax dollars doing it. There is no winner if you proceed with the project.

Thank you.

Claude Tani
Burnaby, BC

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
LydiaTravers

The Prime Minister has repeatedly stated that “while governments may grant permits, only communities can grant permission.”

Here’s the chance to have your say: let’s tell Prime Minister Trudeau that BC does NOT give permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline!

We will send a copy of your comment to over 80 Federal, Provincial and Municipal politicians, including the ministerial panel setup by the government in May.

VAncouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Sarah Strange

Supernatural British Columbia, the most glorious place on Earth. My home. My son's home.
No pipelines, no tankers, no fracking. As Constance Wu so beautifully put it "Money is the lamest excuse in the history of being human".

I am reminded of the Alex Coleville painting 'Horse and Train'. We see the train is coming and it means certain destruction for the horse unless...unless he gets off the fucking track.

Don't mess with the sustainability of our children's planet. We have to get off the track. Blaze a new, green trail and for the love of mother Earth KEEP IT IN THE GROUND. Seriously. I can't sleep at night as it is. I am considering a class action suit seeking financial compensation for my climate anxiety.
Yours,
Sarah Strange

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
TimSearle

The oil industry is squeezing the world for every last drop of an obsolete resource, it's time to say no more to this, let it fade into the past and move on towards solar, wind, wave power, and other bio-friendly sources of generating energy.

1 01 - 1007 6th Ave.British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Lynda Iwanik

I lived in Victoria, BC & know the cleanliness & majestic beauty of the West Coast of BC. I adamantly oppose a Kinder Morgan pipeline & ocean oil tanker traffic on our pristine BC West Coast. I remember Valdez oil spill & the horrible damage to wildlife, fisheries & tourism villages along Alaska's coastline. Do not approve Kinder Morgan pipeline!

ProcterBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SUSANKELSEY

Kinder Morgan pipleline will probably pollute the ocean, not enough room for their boats, pleasure crafts and cruise ships. Think about that!

1315 Highway 6British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BrekBoughton

Please don't put our beautiful city at risk. Let's instead work to lower the demand for Petroleum products.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Ms. CFerguson

I implore you and the Liberal majority govt. to set aside any costs incurred and stop pursueing pipline expansion. No more warm and fuzzy photo ops, please get back to the platform and oil industry reforms that you campained on. I am fully aware of how a oil based economy will negatively effect my life, my future generations, this planet and all of it's inhabitants. Move forward now!!! No more oil industry. - Cindy

AgassizBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KarenFraser

Waiting to see the reality of one of your most famous quotes inspired by your Dad, Pierre - "Don't believe me just watch". Come On."

North VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarianLeighton

In Burnaby last week when I realized that there was no recording at all, I added my name to the speakers. I spoke to the total lack of process. The panel chair, Kim Baird who currently is a lobbyist for oil and gas, should have been replaced immediately. But the shame is really on the Liveral government that many of us in BC voted for as they clearly stated in election promises, that the process for pipelines, including Kinder Morgn would go back to the drawing board. Considering that the NEB has never turned down a pipeline proposal, it was no surprise that they said yes to KM. But this Liberal government has betrayed us in this sham of a panel. My father, a staunch Liberal who had us working for the Liberal Party as soon as we were old enough, and who as a BC Supreme Court Justice, put in place during the first Trudeau era, is most likely rolling is his grave at this newest proceeding. The Kinder Morgan panel does not record perhaps because it would show how the illegality of the process.

Justin, Trudeau, we in BC had a big part in your success and you should not be squandering those votes while pandering to a Texas pipeline company who only cares about it shareholders.

My brave and compassionate daughter Mary Leighton, aged 30, spoke yesterday at the panel hearing in Vancouver and she and her generation are the ones who will not put up with this. We both voted for Joyce Murray as did my husband and two sons in October in the belief that you would really make a difference for climate change. Do not betray us.

Marian Leighton

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
WayneWright

Rothschilds are against humanity as is the oil industry.
Eugenics by Fukushima,Vaccines,False Flags and False Terrorism their main concern

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JulieBurtinshaw

We will never support fossil fuel expansion or endanger our marine habitat. I was at the hearings and heard hundreds of British Columbians declare their absolute disgust at this proposal. We refuse more tankers in our port, we refuse transporting bitumen through our waters and we will fight this until we win. Read the science if you need a reason to do the right thing. Better yet, please say no to Kinder Morgan and yes to a clean future.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JaneHamilton

No Kinder Morgan pipeline!

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PaulSasges

This Mr. Trudeau, I trusted you, and if not blalant lies you have been fudging the truth. (Article by Rafe Mair):

I am writing today about the Trudeau government’s increasingly bizarre policy on fossil fuels, which essentially amounts wanting to have its cake and eat it too. But first, I must note that the same can be said for the government’s dealings with First Nations and myriad environmental issues surrounding Site C Dam – as yesterday’s quiet approval by DFO of key permits for the project shows. Treaty 8 First Nations are going to federal court in September to challenge a lack of consultation regarding a project with massive implications for their territory and rights.

Justing Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould meet in Hartley Bay on the BC coast in 2014 (Flickr / Justin Trudeau)
Justing Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould meet in Hartley Bay on the BC coast in 2014 (Flickr / Justin Trudeau)

Aboriginal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has publicly acknowledged this project would violate treaty rights, while the Trudeau government made a big deal recently about backing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. And yet, where the rubber meets the road, we have the swift, closed-door approval to damage important fish habitat, with no meaningful consultation of First Nations and local landowners. What are we doing in this day and age destroying any fish habitat at all? Moreover, the latest research shows that big dams are actually destructive to the climate, not “green” or “clean”. It’s getting harder and harder to square Justin’s campaign promises with his actions in government.

Forget Paris

The federal government’s ever-evolving oil and gas policy isn’t much different. I am puzzled by Prime Minister Trudeau’s attitude towards fossil fuels for, not to put too fine a point on it, he simply does not seem to have the courage to follow through on his peerless stage performance in Paris, where he became the darling of the world’s glamour puss fans. I hate to think that the fossil fuel industry, which mostly controls the media, controls him too and has frightened him off course.

Without descending into the world of science, where I admit I am instantly lost, my understanding was that he and Canada would take the lead in fighting climate change and that we would begin to wean ourselves off the extraction, use, transport and export of fossil fuels.

It doesn’t take a highly developed understanding of these issues to know that climate change is mainly caused by fossil fuels in the atmosphere and that despite the customary and convenient ignorance of Premier Christy Clark, LNG would be a terrible offender.

Two steps back with Woodfibre LNG approval

And what does Mr. Trudeau do by way of setting an example?

With indecent haste, no warning and without appropriate environmental assessments, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna approved Woodfibre LNG in Squamish saying that the project underwent “a thorough, science-based environmental assessment that considered public and indigenous input and views.”

Well, not quite, because the project was assessed under the post-C-38 regulations — after the Harper government had gutted traditional safeguards for the environment and transferred the task of environmental review to the provinces which, in this case, had already committed to it!

As Michael Harris of iPolitics put it:

“Under the former regulatory regime, the public process was far more rigorous. Opponents were allowed to express alternate opinions, stakeholders could submit briefs and cross-examine witnesses at the hearings. With Bill C-38, the environmental review process was emasculated, weakening the protection of the public interest. It can hardly be invoked now by the federal government to vindicate this dubious decision.”

This wasn’t how it was supposed to go, for, on March 1, 2016, on CBC National TV, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, in reference to developments, “governments grant permits, communities grant permission”.

Then on March 18, 2016, a mere 17 days later, even though every Council in the constituency, including the City of West Vancouver, stood unanimously opposed to the project, the Trudeau government gave the go-ahead to Woodfibre LNG!

As mentioned, one partial, shabby, discredited Environmental Process had been carried out by the Province of BC, after BC had already approved the project, and Trudeau, in the 2015 election, heavily badmouthed the National Energy Board process and procedures and promised radical changes.

A dangerous idea, approved

Harper says LNG tankers too dangerous for East Coast, but OK for BCBut that’s not all – there was no proper assessment of the impact of noxious discharges of the plant itself into the atmosphere or the impact of poisonous discharges into Howe Sound and their impact on recently restored salmon and herring runs.

Think that’s all?

Not on your tintype!

By internationally accepted standards, as determined by world renowned Sandia Laboratories and set by the industry organization itself, The Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO), Howe Sound and its channels are far too narrow for LNG tankers, creating a very serious safety risk. The Trudeau government has refused to take this seriously.

In fact, the Prime Minister, far from weaning us off them, is committed to more pipelines, more oil, more coal and more LNG.

You may be thinking that there’s a wee bit of hypocrisy here. Well, you ain’t heard nothing yet.

Lip service

Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (Flickr/CreativeMornings Vancouver/Matthew Smith)
Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (Flickr/CreativeMornings Vancouver/Matthew Smith)

Our Liberal MP, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, who told us during the election that she opposed WLNG, now finds herself Parliamentary Secretary to Stephane Dion, the Foreign Minister, thus on the cusp of Cabinet. I wouldn’t suggest for a moment that this converted Pam to an LNG enthusiast but she now supports WLNG.

Now, you ready for this? Pam has arranged for public hearings for her constituents not on the merits of WLNG – that is strictly off limits and not to be mentioned – but to help us all understand climate change and tell us what we can do about it, such as buy solar panels and that sort of thing.

I hardly need to remind you, I’m sure, that the best way to avoid Climate Change would be to tube WLNG and forego any other LNG production and export. That’s where the biggest increase to our carbon footprint would come from (Petronas’s Lelu Island plant alone would boost BC’s entire carbon footprint by 8.5%). So here we have the Trudeau government and MP coming to tell us how to find solutions to climate change, which they are causing and plan to cause more of, and could end with the stroke of a pen!

Saskatchewan spill worst yet

Let me close with pipelines.

Pipelines, as we know, carry noxious fossil fuels through our wild forests and salmon-spawning rivers to narrow passages on our pristine coast, from where they are tankered to faraway places. The Industry, supported by the media and Prime Minister, pooh pooh their unfortunate propensity to burst with disastrous results and irreparable damage. At this moment, when Trudeau is patiently waiting to approve two major pipelines, there has been a major fracture in Northern Saskatchewan threatening, amongst other things, major domestic water supply. We’re told this spill is worse than that into the Kalamazoo River 6 years ago, the worst modern spill, which Enbridge plays down almost as if it never happened even though it’s not been cleaned up yet and likely never will be.

You would think that Mr. Trudeau, based upon his flowery words in Paris would be deeply concerned but, au contraire, he can’t wait to get on with them.

The “Tidewater” myth

Interestingly enough, J. David Hughes, a retired senior geologist for the Geological Survey of Canada and author of the report “Can Canada Expand Oil and Gas Production, Build Pipelines and Keep its Climate Commitments?” makes a strong case that the pipelines planned are going to the wrong place. He states the following:

“The widely recited rhetoric that new pipelines must be built to oceans — or “tidewater” — to capture a significant price premium by selling on international markets is likewise not supported by the facts.

Although oil is a globally priced commodity, between 2011 and 2014 the international price (“Brent”) was considerably higher than the North American price (“WTI”). In September 2011 the differential reached $25.26 per barrel. However, the average differential in the six months ending May 2016 was 88 cents per barrel and recently Brent has been trading below WTI.

Not only has the international price advantage evaporated, but Canada’s primary oil export, Western Canada Select, sells at a discount to WTI. That’s because it is a lower grade heavy oil and will sell at a discount whether sold internationally or to North American markets.

Thus the premium that fuelled the rhetoric on the need for new pipelines to “tidewater” has disappeared and is unlikely to return.

Developing a climate plan to meet Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments is a challenging but achievable task for the federal government. Doing so while meeting Alberta’s and BC’s oil and gas production growth aspirations, however, will be virtually impossible.

The oil and gas industry is certainly not going away any time soon, but if Canada is serious about meeting its climate commitments it is time for the prime minister and premiers to do the math and stop telling us we can have it all.“

This is a bit of the history of the actions of prime minister Justin Trudeau since he did his dog and pony show in Paris and wowed us all with his commitment to the environment and, particularly, in reducing climate change, which has the potential to do no less than destroy the world.

Somehow I don’t think my prime minister has been telling the truth and I’ve lost faith in his commitment to do what he promises. Can anyone help me understand why I feel this way?

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DonSmith

Imagine just one small Tanker nicking a reef & spilling along the length of the channel. Not Worth The Risk

TorontoOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RobinSmith

Canada needs to catch up. We need to put more resources into renewables and much less into fossel fuels that are destroying the world.

Port AlberniBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Trevor Overbury

Everyone I talk to, native and non native, opposes this project. I wish the government would listen to its citizens on this.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
kimhunter

Kinder Morgan is a blight on our coast and our reputation. Not to mention the 7.8% these fossil fuel corps usurp from our GDP in BC (Stats Can). There are no excuses for such 20th century devastation. The prime land Kinder Morgan occupies would better serve our cities in any capacity including sewage treatment.
"We didn't evolve out of the stone age because we ran out of stones". In the 21st century, progressive countries prove sustainable energy is more profitable and more humane than this antiquated "unconventional" oil-ogarch tyranny. Kinder Morgan refuses to hear everyone saying "NO". Dangerous sociopaths don't hear "NO" either.
We must join the 21st century and reject Kinder Morgan's pipe-threat or risk being a social. ecological and economical pariah when the "Whole World is Watching". Rejecting Kinder Morgan's pipe-threat is the most humane and progressive act this new govt. can take to restore Canada's 19th century resource colony reputation.

vancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SakuraFerguson

It is not worth the risks. Kinder Morgan does not have any community support. We voted for Trudeau as he made it seem like he was against the terrible intentions of Stephen Harper and his conservative party. The Canadian government is still paying for past mistakes, and WHEN there is a spill, we will be responsible for the cleanup. Even our mayor, Gregor Robertson, agrees.

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AndeaGodding

Hello. My name is Andrea Godding. I was born on Coast Salish territory, and now live in the home I purchased which is less than 500m from Burrard Inlet, and 21.1km west of Westridge Marine Terminal. I own an ocean going tandem kayak, and regularly paddle in the waters surrounding Burrard Inlet. On Friday I launched my kayak from Barnet Marine Park, 3km east of Westridge Marine terminal, and paddled along the western shore of Belcarra Regional Park. On my paddle I saw many people with crab nets and others playing by the water. A healthy marine environment is important to me.
I am writing this letter to recommend that the Trans Mountain Pipeline application be rejected.

1. The potential commercial impacts of the proposed project.
Local economies of tourism and fishing1 will be threatened should the TMP proceed.
For example, yesterday I was at Fishermans Wharf on Granville Island, where I was among the many visitors from out of town, and purchased spot prawns harvested in Howe Sound to feed my family. Stanley Park and its seawall are on every list of things to do while in Vancouver. A spill from a tanker leaving Westridge Marine Terminal in Burrard Inlet would bring ruin, to both Howe Sound and Stanley Park. Immediate and devastating impacts to tourism and fishing would soon follow.
The Fraser River is also threatened by the TMP. Among other things, the Fraser River is known for its mighty salmon runs. The salmon need our protection, as salmon are a foundational species to the eco system we are part of. Salmon are also part of the local diet for humans, eagles and whales. Here it needs to be mentioned that the Save the Fraser Declaration2 prohibits ‘Tar Sand projects to cross the Fraser watershed and ocean migration routes of Fraser River Salmon.’

2. The potential environmental and socio-economic effects of marine shipping activities that would result from the proposed Project, including the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions that may occur.

On the whole extractive projects, like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Project are deeply flawed, because they are taking humanity down a destructive path. To be healthy, people need a clean environment to live in, not one where diluted bitumen, dilbit, is spilled onto the land and into the water or its’ toxins released into the air. Kinder Morgan has repeatedly spilled oil, which has polluted the water, ground and the air and in turn caused people to become sick3. The TMP threatens all life in its path; plants, animals, humans, water, air, land etc. I am part of the web of life on its path.
Of note in recent years is the return, first of the herring, and then of whales to Burrard Inlet. On June 22, 2015 four orcas came to Burrard Inlet, and swam meters away from Westridge Marine Terminal. Adding more tankers to Burrard Inlet would threaten these orcas, and the many others who rely on a healthy marine environment.
Currently there is not the capacity to ensure marine safety on the route for tankers leaving Westridge Marine Terminal. One of the things dilbit does in water is sink, therefore it is not possible to recover all the dilbit once it is in water. The spill of bunker fuel in English Bay that occurred in April 2015 provides a study in our lack of capacity to ensure marine safety4.

3. Potential impacts of the project on Aboriginal interests.
The Save the Fraser declaration, signed by 48 Fraser Nations, is an Indigenous law which… bans tar sand pipelines in First Nations traditional territories in the Fraser River Watershed and oil tankers from ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon. The Trans Mountain pipeline cannot reach Westridge Marine terminal without crossing the Fraser River more than 80 times, therefore, it is in direct violation of the Save the Fraser declaration.
The International Treaty to Protect the Salish Seai, signed by 9 Nations in September 2014, also forbids tar sands tanker traffic through Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea. Ancestral laws of the Tsleil-Waututh include a responsibility to protect the Salish Sea, as the Salish Sea is their feast bowl of sustenance and source of stories, traditions and ancestral privileges. It is not possible to overstate how the TMP threatens the way of life for the 9 Nations that signed the Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea.

101-2277 McGill StreetBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
daniellepower

STOP this pipeline and all it's very likely destruction of our precious nature and communities!

winlawBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ElizabethPsyllakis

I will be attending the meetings here in Victoria, BC August 22 and 23. I cannot support this pipeline with the risk of a leak and the increase of tanker traffic in the straits. This coast is far too precious to put at risk for any reason.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SarahHamilton

Please do not approve the Kinder-Morgan expansion.

Salt Spring IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
mornatudor

there's no sane reason to let this continue. we need to be promoting and supporting renewable sustainable energy not this - this is disaster on many levels please no not grant them any permits

victoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ElizabethGreene

Profits vanish; oil polluted water lasts long, is hard to clean up and impacts the health of people and land. Please stay sustainable and say no to the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project.

KingstonOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JodyBeugeling

Major Risks of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tankers Proposal
Climate Change: The proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase tar sands export capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned — This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change. Visit the Georgia Strait Alliance website for details.
Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health. Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in the Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield. See the CRED report for more information.
Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into the Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in a sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic in Vancouver Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea which already harms sensitive marine wildlife. One tanker accident could have catastrophic impacts on salmon, killer whales and other marine life, and cause devastating losses to the coastal economy. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil or diluted tar sands bitumen on the West Coast. Visit the Georgia Strait Alliance to learn more.
First Nations: Seventeen First Nations in BC are firmly opposed to the project, including the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations in the Lower Mainland. The latter two have launched lawsuits to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult them, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project. Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory. Read the Assessment of Transmountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal by Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Increased oil exports to China mean price-hikes for us here at home: Pipeline proponents and elected leaders tell us that access to foreign markets secures higher prices for our raw crude and this benefits Canada, but you also need to know that oil producers plan to charge those higher prices on every barrel they produce. And when they do, those refineries pass those costs along to us here at home. Visit Robyn Allan’s website to learn more.
Liability: In the case of a major tanker spill, taxpayers would likely be responsible for the burden of costs, as a company’s liability is limited to $1.3 billion and a major spill could easily cost ten times this amount. Taxpayers could be on the hook for billions. See the CRED report for more information.

Chiliiwack British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LindaWall

There is no 'if' there's an oil spill, but a matter of when... Our home on Earth is already at great peril because of so much pollution; it will be decimated when there's another oil spill. This destroys the oceans, fish (both First Nations and commercial fisheries), and lands (animal & bird habitat). There is a history that proves that oil spills cannot be contained and/or cleaned up with any degree of success (i.e. Alaska - Exxon Valdez, Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico, etc...)

Please say NO to any more oil pipeline expansions - Kinder Morgan, Trans Mountain, & Energy East...

KamloopsBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CarolWocknitz

Please stop.. We have done enough damage to our country.. Help us preserve Vancouver coast.. So many earthquakes and sink holes from mining and drilling! Enough is enough!!

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarleneMeddings-Smith

After all Prime Minister, as you said yourself, it is 2016. STOP pipeline AND tankers on or near the land and waters of Canada.

2005 Sunfield CrescentBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JanHalvarson

Why isn’t anyone talking about Vancouver’s air quality with hundred's more ships passing, though:

Watch a Cruise Ship Pollute as Much as 13 Million Cars—in One Day

http://www.takepart.com/video/2015/04/23/cruise-info-graphic?cmpid=organic-share-facebook

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
jeanniegraham

“while governments may grant permits, only communities can grant permission.”

and it's very obvious that we do not grant permission! Stop the #GREED - there are things much more important! Clean waters, healthy food fish, indigenous treaties, etc etc.

9411 doyle rd Black CreekBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JeanClark

Dear MR. Trudeau,
Canadians believed your message and promises about protecting the environment, changing the economy from a fossil fuel economy to a renewable economy investing in renewable energy. We voted for your vision.
After decad s of disappointment in Canadian leadership making promises quickly broken.
Please, do. It allow the kinder Morgan project to go ahead.
Keep your word. Don't let us down again.

EnderbyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
EileenPlunkett

We simply do not want big tankers using Beautiful British Columbia as a major highway to haul fossil fuels. The potential to wreak havoc on our pristine environment and coastal waters is too great and inevitable. If this is a true democracy then let the people vote. Any and all major projects that has such potential to adversely affect a way of life should be put to the people , Do not sell us out and allow a few appointed people decide our future. Please show us you are working on behalf of Canadianns and not big money.
Big money and corporations feel they have always had it all sewn up and maybe they do.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GraysonBarke

The tank farm associated with this expansion will make my neighborhood unsafe and I will be forced to move and leave my university. Please don't threaten peoples lives with this dangerous project.

9320 University Cres Apt 501British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KarenSeverson

Two things: we are jeopardizing our coast for little financial returns. Most people do not want this.
also should we not be concentrating on eliminating fossil fuels and developing renewable energy? We do not have much more time to do this!! All levels of government should be LEADING on this issue!

DuncanBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AudreyJoe

Stop the madness our waters are precious as our sea life these tankers will stagger our ferries which is our highways and people who earn a living on gill meters. Our children grand children love swimming on the coast. It will stop all the whales, seals, otters eagles etc. We have lived this way for centuries and the tankers is only for Greed of money. Have they got a plan for any spill???? Please do not let this happen.

Sechelt British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Johanne Saraceno

My MP Sheila Malcomson definitely is not in support of pipelines or more tankers on the coast. I think it's fair to say this represents the view of the majority here on Vancouver Island, hence the reason Sheila was elected.

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
VioletBrewster

We need to be looking forward to new forms of renewable energy. We can use the pipelines we have for old forms of energy. Pls don't put our environment at a greater risk to pls the oil ppl. There are many more ppl that want you to keep your promises made in France and made on the election platforms. Put all new money into renewable energy. Stop ALL new pipelines. Pls for my children and grandchildrens sake. Let us become the forward thinking nation we use to be and want to be.

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Susannah Garrett

Communities need to make the decisions and our community says flat out NO to Kinder Morgan. Please listen to us Trudeau!! We know you love the west coast, its clean water, orcas, waves, so make the right decision and stop Kinder Morgan now!

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JeffreyBoron

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Bitumen can not be successfully recovered from an ocean environment and a spill in BC coastal waters is completely unacceptable. Do not approve the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey Boron
Victoria, BC

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GayleMcDonald

My son is a tour guide on this pristine coast. I am concerned for his life, and for the lives of others who rely on their livelihood throughout BC waters.
My son has taught me to respect the earth, through his stewardship, love, and care for earth and ocean around us.
I say NO to any expansion of tankers on this coast. In fact I say NO to ANY tankers carrying bitumen!!
I want my son and grandchildren, great grandchildren and those after to live free of worry about an (inevitable) spill. There is no "if".... only "when" and I believe tanker expansion is NOT worth risking the future of our coast.
I wanted to enter and speak today, but was one of the over 100 people locked OUT of the (much too small) meeting space at the Marriot. I wish I could have spoken!

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CathyStedman

I 100% disagree with the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and the conflict of interest with the panel that was chosen to represent the government on this matter. I will completely loose trust in the Liberal and Trudeau government if this pipeline is allowed and will further more support any efforts to stop it, as I do believe the people pf BC and Canada will not allow for it or he destruction it would ultimately bring to our environment.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarieHutchinson

I am opposed to any increase in crude oil pipelines and crude oil tanker traffic in the province of BC.

I believe the NEB needs to be disbanded and replaced with a new body empowered to inspect and review tar sands industry practices, enforce clean environmental behaviours and report to us on them in order to protect the health and safety of Canadians and the natural world.

My family has lived in Victoria BC since 1906 when my grandmother moved here. I prize this island, the waters, fish, marine life and wild life of our area and all of BC. It is a gorgeous province. The risks of oil spills and pipeline leaks are far too high stakes against the potential losses to our tourist industry alone.

The whale population is just starting to recover here as well. The increase in tanker traffic alone would be devastating for them.

There are many other reasons why I oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion including their abysmal track record elsewhere.

For these reasons I request that you turn down their pipeline expansion proposal.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Lauren Semple

Kinder Morgan is not welcome in BC. #nopipelines
Geothermal, wave, solar, wind.
Let's do this already!

Nanaimo British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MartinHykin

This paned and the form of the hearing make it perfectly obvious that the purpose of this charade is to waste peoples' time and to provide a pretext that the public has been heard. Not one public comment is being put on record. Every word is going into a black hole. Were i to appear before this panel I should stand in silence for my allotted time. If asked by the panel what I was doing I'd answer only that I was helping them do their shameful work of erasing the words and thought of the Canadian people. The government and Mr. Trudeau may have unilaterally declared that this is the public's last chance to comment on this matter. Trudeau is mistaken. The people will be heard despite his efforts to silence us.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JannaMaddern

Protect our coast! It is far more important than the meagre profits to be made from the failing oil industry!

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RosanneGervais

We value life and water is life. First Nations and allies are 100% Opposed to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Not to mention the fact that even with 157 conditions, spills are inevitable and clean up record nil.
To the enth...No. No. No. NO!

#52, 600 Falcon DriveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DianeLennox

It is unbelievable that this toxic dilbit pipeline and supertanker expansion would even be considered at this point in the climate change process. This type of industry has nothing to offer the economy of BC; only the eventual destruction of our fisheries, wildlife habitat and our multi-billion dollar Eco-tourism industries. Please do NOT betray BC PMJT! Do not!

CourtenayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PascalTremblay

This pipeline is a direct threat to our children's future. Let's stop wasting time and money on oil/gas projects and let's focus on a clean energy revolution. We owe it to our future generations to stop developing fossil fuel projects.. TODAY!

Please do the right thing.

109-1621 Hamilton AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AmandaJohnston

This pipeline expansion project MUST NOT be approved. The risk to our oceans and well being is too great. There has never been an oil-spill clean up that has been successful, so we must stand up against big corporate and put the environment first and profits (for a private company!) second.
From the city of Victoria, I do not give you permission to approve this pipeline project!

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
TedWoynillowicz

Trans Mountain/Kinder Morgan public hearing Victoria BC
My name is Ted Woynillowicz and I’m here as a citizen and a supporter of Victoria chapter of The Council of Canadians.
On Monday, Aug. 22nd, 2016 I had the opportunity to listen and hear from our First Nations speakers as well as from municipal government representatives.
What so many who oppose new pipeline construction and the increase of tankers expressed was articulate, sincere, informed and from the heart.
An additional 400 tankers per year in Burrard Inlet is a concept that should remain in a state of permanent freeze. Clearly the chances of oil spills aren’t matters of if a spill will happen but when it will happen. Clean up, as one speaker mentioned yesterday, is defined when between 5 and 15% of a spill is retrieved from the surrounding waters. Needless to say, that is not good enough, it’s not a clean up.

Getting the oil to “tidewater” is replete with risks and threats to air, water and land. But we continue to hear in reassuringly glowing and upbeat terms that technology is improving, the pipeline integrity is solid. But here are some statistics regarding pipeline leaks: a Global television investigation reported that over a 37 year period, there were 60,119 oil spills in Alberta.

According to data found on a Saskatchewan government website the most recent North Saskatchewan River spill, that denied over 70,000 residents of their right to safe and reliable drinking water, was just one of 18,000 spills in that province since 1990. A 10 year snapshot from 2006 to present reveals over 8,360 spills. 17.5 % was attributable to a single fossil energy company.

In yesterday’s presentations much was said about the pristine nature of this province. To consider the addition of more pipelines is a risk British Columbians shouldn’t have to undertake. Much has been said about fossil fuel job creation in this province and conversely, little has been said about the consequences of global warming. Nothing is being said about 21st century jobs in the green economy. Why the silence?

When Margaret Thatcher wished to shut down a conversation, she relied on TINA. There is no alternative. We have to get passed that false assumption. Human ingenuity landed a man on the moon. Likewise human ingenuity can figure out solutions to our global warming problems here on our own planet. But to achieve that, we need to look forward beyond fossil fuels.

On a personal note I would like to express how grateful I am to First Nations peoples. In listening to the stories that they presented, the principles and ideals that inform their way of life, their understanding, connection and respect for the environment, one is inspired by the world view that they hold. The traditional knowledge they impart, the collective wisdom, and in the words of ethno-botanist and ethnographer Wade Davis, the genius of FN culture is to understand and live in harmony with Mother Earth.

In a sense of irony the outcome may well be that it’s the First nations who may save Canadians from ourselves. We, along with the NEB and the GOC, would be well served to heed the call.

As one banner reads: NO PIPELINES NO TANKERS NO PROBLEM

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DuncanGreenlaw

No amount of environmental assessments and reviews and safety checks will make this pipeline expansion a good idea.

We are already a long way into a global climate crisis. Kinder Morgan ignores that fact. And our politicians ignore that fact if they approve the expansion. Trudeau committed, in Paris, to the goal of keeping global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees. Climate scientists have been telling us for years that to have any chance of keeping warming to 2 degrees, we must keep 80 % of the world’s current fossil fuel reserves in the ground, and that we have about 10 years at the most to make sure this has happened.

In other words, instead of expanding our extraction of fossil fuels, we need to reduce it, then stop it. We need to shift, now, to renewable energy, and to stop subsidizing the oil and gas sector. We cannot, as the government is trying to do, promote dirty power and clean power simultaneously. Fossil fuel companies must be forced, financially, to become renewable energy companies.

To approve the expansion of this tar sands pipeline would be an admission by our well-informed government that it knows what to do, but refuses to do it. It would be an admission that its climate change promises have been empty rhetoric, and that it has a cynical disregard for the views and rights of British Columbians, particularly its indigenous people. It would expose the recent Panel Consultations as a pretense, a performance.

If the climate change crisis has no effect on the decisions of our government, then it might at least be swayed by the fact that so many at the recent consultations pointed out: this pipeline expansion will inevitably devastate the local land and marine environment and choke the Burrard inlet with a vast increase of dangerous tanker traffic; it will contribute nothing to the BC economy, will lock in half a decade, at least, of continued tar sands extraction, and will do all this simply to submit to the dictates of a foreign oil corporation and its shareholders.

The next generations, who are now too young to be given a voice in politics, will be the ones who experience the worst effects of catastrophic climate change. It is our responsibility, and the government’s responsibility, to speak for them, to consider them, and to make morally sound decisions about their future. The only such decision, in this context, is to reject Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion and all other similar projects.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PatriciaMorris

I have lived in coastal British Columbia since 1984.
I oppose any increase in oil tanker traffic along BC's coast.
I oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline Expansion Project.
Everyone I know in BC opposes the Project and any additional oil tankers.
The following Risks are why I oppose the Project:

Climate Change: The proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase tar sands export capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned — This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change.
Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health. Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in the Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield.
Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into the Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in a sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic in Vancouver Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea which already harms sensitive marine wildlife. One tanker accident could have catastrophic impacts on salmon, killer whales and other marine life, and cause devastating losses to the coastal economy. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil or diluted tar sands bitumen on the West Coast.
First Nations: Seventeen First Nations in BC are firmly opposed to the project, including the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations in the Lower Mainland. The latter two have launched lawsuits to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult them, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project. Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory.
Increased oil exports to China mean price-hikes for us here at home: Pipeline proponents and elected leaders tell us that access to foreign markets secures higher prices for our raw crude and this benefits Canada, but oil producers plan to charge those higher prices on every barrel they produce. And when they do, those refineries pass those costs along to us here at home.
Liability: In the case of a major tanker spill, taxpayers would likely be responsible for the burden of costs, as a company’s liability is limited to $1.3 billion and a major spill could easily cost ten times this amount. Taxpayers could be on the hook for billions.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PaulWatson

I voted Liberal because I needed to trust that you were sincere in your belief that science must guide the hard decisions on combatting climate change. I regret my vote because now it seems you are betraying those same scientists whose warnings are abundantly clear: We must transition quickly away from fossil fuels. Expanding tar sands exports threatens lives. Please restore my faith and do the right thing. Reject Kinder Morgan's proposal.

CoquitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GraemeCsath

There is a clear conflict of interest with members on the review panel having previous (and possibly current) affiliations with Kinder Morgan. There is no objectivity with their representation.

Citizens of B.C and First Nations communities strongly oppose this project as we as the public take on the risk with our quality of life and natural resources that we depend on while the profits slide down to Texas. Terrible project and I will continue to show up for hearings to see this project rejected.

210-519 sturdee stBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ChristyMcLeod

I am 100% opposed to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. I am a BC native of 33 years. I spend countless days IN the ocean, ON the ocean, LOOKING at the ocean, DREAMING about it, TAKING pictures of it, CLEANING beaches around it, let alone the hours I spend raving about being so thankful to be living in such an environment where we have access to our ocean. We have a duty to the environment, the wildlife, and to ourselves as a community, province and nation, to protect it with all that we have and can. The notion that we would even consider it, is bewildering to me.

Justin Trudeau, this ocean is our lifeline. We need to do all we can to stop anything from risking taking life from it. Please help us ensure that this pipeline and any in the future, stay far from our coast. The world travels to our city and province to see its beauty, our dream of being one of the greenest cities is currently under works, and we are known in other countries for our waste management system - which in themselves fight to keep our environment wonderful. All these and a million (probably not even exaggerating) more are reasons to say no to Kinder Morgan.

We say no. As locals. As Canadians.

201, 2145 York AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JohnPope

This is not the time for short-term thinking.

The environment is long-term. Every project which facilitates the extraction of fossil fuels contributes to future environmental crises, whether it is rising sea levels, monster storms, or epic droughts - the IPCC reports are a frightening read.

Our grandchildren will pay the real price.

It's a fool's game to predict the percent of risk involved for a tanker catastrophe. If there's a 1% chance of a tanker disaster, then it is very likely that 1 will happen in the next 100 years.

This is unacceptable. Any increased risk to the life-giving eco-systems on our three coasts is unacceptable.

Keeping the oil in the ground, and replacing our energy infrastructure with renewables is the only way we can mitigate the effects of climate change for my grandchildren - and yours,

Thank you for reading this.

John Pope

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
KaronFord

If this project is approved, not only will the governments (both provincial and federal) have ensured that they will not be relected, they will have clearly stated that providing profits for a foreign company and its investors is more valuable than the health of the coastline in BC as well as the countless lives that could be lost in Burnaby if there is a fire at the expanded tanker facility. Allowing KM to expand that facility increases the likelihood that fire could spread from one tank to another (as they will be closer together) and will ignite a massive forest fire on Burnaby Mountain, endangering the lives of over 30,000 people who would be ISOLATED on top of the mountain with no means to escape. Is any government willing to risk that?

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Steve Sainas

The Kinder Morgan Expansion Project presents an unacceptable threat to our West Coast Eco System and must not be permitted to proceed. It is time for Canada to refocus its resources to rapidly replacing fossil fuel energy with renewable green initiatives and infrastructure. The time is way past due and we have the capability to implement renewable energy coast to coast to coast if we commit to doing so. Our children's future depends on it and now that we have a progressively minded Prime Minister in office who obviously cares about our environment and future health, he must take a bold stand and say no to Kinder Morgan and yes to companies like TESLA who have the technology to bring renewable energy into every home. As for other petroleum based products, many can be replaced with natural products such as hemp, and corn based fibre, and I'm sure we are innovative enough to find other green friendly sources with which to manufacture these products. Other smaller countries in Europe are leading the way in implementing green energy and products... it's time that canada took its place at the forefront of this planet saving initiative. Prime Minister Trudeau, please act now and ban Kinder Morgan and all other fossil fuel expansion and immediately legislate resources to the rapid development of renewable energy and other green initiatives that will not only save our planet, but create a new sustainable domestic market for jobs that will also invigorate our economy.

CoquitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Chris Lalande

I support Kinder Morgan. Let cooler hears prevail and APPROVE this project please! Don't let the environmental zealots hijack the Canadian economy!

Port CoquitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AnnGrant

I am completely against this project. I think the Liberal 3 person panel was just a sham with no clear direction on how the input to them was to be used. This is just a public relations exercise not a genuine consultation. It is clear that the government does not have the consent of communities so the project cannot by Justine Trudeau's own words go ahead. I attended much of the Burnaby hearings and I heard not a single person in favor of the project but many very eloquent, passionate, and informed speakers speaking against it.

This is just not the time to be expanding oil infrastructure and tar sands production. We cannot hope to fulfill our climate commitments made in Paris if we do so.

When are we in Canada going to take climate change seriously and start doing the hard work of changing our ways of operating? And when are we going to put our money to work to ensure a just transition for people dependent for their livelihood on the fossil fuel economy? When are we going to wake up to the fact that the environment has to come before the economy? There will soon be no economy if we don't act strongly now. How many more droughts and fires and floods will it take in Canada let alone the world before our governments wake up? How many more people world wide are going to suffer and become climate refugees? And this is going to affect us all - it already has - here in Canada as well.

I hope you in power wake up soon.

1715 Wallace StreetBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
ElsieDean

Reject the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Piipeline expansion. The evidence is documented to show this is a bad deal for the people, First Nations. and the Canadian Nation,. The risks are too great, economic benefits much too weak.

704 - 333 Terminal AvenueBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LeanneEwen

No matter what your decision the people will not let this go through. We do not want it. Your should be supporting renewable energy. You need to listen to what people are saying.

New WestminsterBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PaulCaden

This dangerous pipeline will only contribute to Alberta and Saskatchewan very high content CO2 tar Sands Sludge production.

Piedmont QuebecNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KatherineSebastiano

Prime Minister Trudeau: Placing Canada's West Coast in jeopardy is as bad a plan as putting BC's farmland underwater. Why would you support a Texas company with this dying industry? Please consider: Canada takes all the risk; short term jobs do not justify this reckless move; pollution and noise from 400 tankers will devastate our already struggling sea life and ecosystem; loss of jobs for those who depend on a clean coast; loss of tourism; loss of food source. We have an opportunity to be leaders in clean energy that would benefit all and harm none. 92% of British Columbians are saying NO to Kinder Morgan. Are you listening to the people who voted you in? Please do not sell us out as Christy Clark is doing.

7616 Blackthorn PlaceBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CathyCurrie

To start off with Prime Minister Mr. Trudeau I want you to know I voted for you in the last election. I believe you will make positive choices for our country. I have great respect for our natural resources & environment. We do not need Kinder Morgan ! There are many other ways to bring jobs & financial wealth to our communities & country. It is not worth the disaster of when there is an oil spill wether on land or our pristine coastlines. It is not a question of if but when. Other countries have found ways of using their natural resources to create many more jobs than what we will end up with from Kinder Morgan when all is said & done. I am emphatically AGAINST the building of a new pipeline. I will be greatly disappointed in YOU if you allow this to go through. Please say NO to this greedy, controlling, manipulative company who could care less what happens to BC & our communities. You have the final say & your supporters are watching you. Please make the choice of NO to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline..
Sincerely,
Cathy Currie,
Chilliwack, B.C

ChilliwackBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RyanBenson

no comment

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
WendyGardner

It is time to listen to First Nations. It's is time to preserve and protect. We need the ocean to sustain life. We need a new economic paradigm that reflects respect for the planet.

Pender IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Candace Scott

Until the day where these companies are held responsible in a real way for *all* environmental damage they cause. I don't want to see any expansions or added pipelines put into the areas in or around our communities! The facade that it will create work, is a lie! It will create temporary work not long term sustainable jobs! I hope the messages here truly are read and heard,as apparently protesting only has us the "little" people with big voices punished and ridiculed for standing and saying NO!

Harrison hotsprings British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Mary Smith

The amounts of Bitumen spilled in our Water and on surrounding Land is at an astronomical level. It appears that obviously the government and politicians are concerned much more for money $$$ than its people all over the world!

We vote for a Party that is the same as the last and the one before that, never coming through on it's Platform.

It is unconscioable of any government to sell off our waters waiting no family will ever be able to swim in their own water. I know I've never been able as the Do No Swim signs loom in the background 🙁

RichmondBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
AlyssaBeurling

JUSTIN TRUDEAU,

This project has NO place anywhere in Canada or across the globe. We need to listen to the science and the facts and the PEOPLE, and realize that our future rests in the choices we make now as a Nation. There is no time for inaction, let alone colossal steps backwards, which this pipeline embodies to the fullest.

In the face of climate change, the largest current global security threat, we need to have our eyes on renewable energy and cutting C02 emissions. Not considering expansions of its contributors.

Much of Canada and it's West Coast thrive off of eco-tourism and our diverse and magical landscapes are some of the best around! We live here because we love it and there is no way our communities would ever want more pipelines and tankers through our waters. Why risk the chance (even though it's 100% inevitable) of putting bitumen in our waters or on our land? Our oceans are already bearing the weight of climate inaction with growing acidity levels, coral bleaching, over fishing, etc..and the last thing we need to do is go and make it even worse, WHEN THERE ARE BETTER OPTIONS!

You need to focus your energy and money on figuring out how to transition oil field workers into renewables. That should be your priority, not scrambling to band-aid something that needs amputation. It is shameful to have so many workers in the oil field dependent on jobs, who want to do the right thing and oppose this but because of job security and no foreseeable training or options, they must keep going.

As a government it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to take care of your country and the people who live there. It is NOT in the nations best interest to approve this pipeline, or continue its dependency on oil. There needs to be transparency in process, and an unbiased NEB. The processes are a sham, Governments are in bed with money and oil, and we see it. The people will be heard through this, even though KM is doing everything they can to limit that.

When I have kids I want them to have nature, I want them to have clean air and water and food, and that is their right. It's all of our rights, constitutionally. So do your job!

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Mary EllenBelfiore

The majority of British Columbians living in the lower mainland do not want to see tankers on a daily basis in our waters. Inevitably, there will be spills damaging our marine ecosystem, our lifeblood.
I can't state strongly enough that this waterway. should not be used for oil tanker traffic in any more extensive way.
Resource development and movement of resources has to change and I know you. understand that. Don't let trade-offs determine the government 's decision.

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AlexisWhite

August 26, 2016

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

As a resident of Saanichton, BC, I live in Wasanec territory, on Vancouver Island in close proximity to the Salish Sea.

During the First Nations Round table hosted by the Federal Panel in Victoria on August 22nd, I heard time and again that even though First Nations legal treaty rights are clearly outlined in Section 35 of the Constitution, their rights continue to be willfully ignored by our provincial and federal governments. Our First Nations are not expendable. This is a human rights issue that clearly wasn't acknowledged in the decision making process that led to the NEB approval of this pipeline, and I stand in solidarity with local First Nations, many of whom spoke at the round table and who unequivocally rejected the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
Furthermore, Prime Minister, you have signed the Paris Agreement and are fully aware of the climate science, and the global climate crisis, in other words, you know better, but you're not taking action as promised. To stall the transition away from fossil fuels, and to continue to expand the production and capacity of the tar sands, with no thought to the people around the globe most adversely affected by climate change, or to the future generations left behind to deal with the consequences, is truly a crime against humanity. This pipeline must not be built.
Sincerely,
Alexis White
Saanichton, BC

SaanichtonBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
MelVictor

The Kinder Morgan Expansion Project does not have community license here in the Fraser Valley. We are concerned about the risks to our waterways, forests and agricultural lands. The risk of oil spills in the ocean also would increase enormously. A spill in the ocean could impact salmon runs and other fish and sea mammals.The KM Expansion Project must be stopped! Please reject this proposed expansion as the people of BC have loudly spoken their decision to refuse permission for this project.

AgassizBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GavinDuncan

We should be reducing our consumption of oil and spending subsidy money on renewables, like having solar panels on every new house.

The west coast here in BC is a hugely important natural environment and it attracts and generates billions of dollars for Canada.

Pipelines and tankers need to become things of the past; footnotes in history.

Time to show the rest of the World your true environmental courage Prime Minister Trudeau. Time to stop the damage.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KatharineFerguson

No to the KM expansion. From Clearwater BC

ClearwaterBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
DeniseNicholls

Dear Prime Minister,

Regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project: If permission is truly mine and my fellow BC residents to give, then I do not give permission for this dangerous proposal. Too much is at stake for the future of our land, and water and food supplies.

Instead, why not become a world leader in green energy technologies. Create jobs with a brighter future.

Thank you in advance for the careful attention you will give this project.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AngelaVan den Hooven

This is just a terrible project and too dangerous and high of a threat for our water and our coast line! The planet is already struggling with all the other pollution and and environmental damage humans have created! The fact that the human race keeps on making the same mistakes over and over again is insane! Please listen to the people! There is already so much technology for clean energy! The solutions are there!!

CourtenayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AndreaWarner

The community has spoken and has shown that we do not think that there should be increased tanker traffic to transport fossil fuels. The answer for economic development lies elsewhere; attempting to transport will eventually lead to an accident and a disaster; sending fossil fuels to be burned elsewhere will contribute to climate warming.

Put our monies into research into power technologies that do not harm the environment.

Thank you.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Dave Cireton

No to kinder Morgan pipeline
Keep the coastline of bc safe clean
Walk the talk Justin , respect the 92% voting citizens that oppose the pipeline
Don't news ayes by big business and media ! Be our pm!!

GravenhurstBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Skye Nelson

This government has seen fit to present itself as a return to Canadian values following the Harper years. Canadians have seen nothing but photo ops and heard nothing but platitudes and non-binding resolutions since the now distant election. There is no popular support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline; indeed there is growing opposition to it and others like it.

Will the government not adhere to its environmental targets? Paying for a green future with oil and gas development is a plan which insults the intelligence of Canadians. It will take more than a cloying media campaign with the Prime Minister's grin front and centre to convince the country that we have parted ways with Harperism. It will take action. Consistent, policy-driven action.

In other words, when will the government DO something? Please say no to the Kinder Morgan project. Please prove to be an administration of the people of this country. Anything less confines us all to the uglier side of history.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RachelChin

Please consider the voice of your community and reject this project!

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Lindie OBrien

I'm writing to ask you to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project. Besides the widespread environmental *potential* risks associated with the project, Canada's National Energy Board has determined Kinder Morgan tankers resulting from this expansion will most certainly massively impact the Southern Resident killer whales, a population that is already endangered. The "high magnitude" adverse effects of ocean vessels related to this expansion would mean much more ocean noise that interferes with these orcas' echolocation, especially their hunting for fewer and fewer salmon. These admitted adverse impacts, not to mention the potential of a devastating tanker accident, could very possibly mean the extinction of our Southern Resident killer whales.

Kinder Morgan also admits that only 90 full time jobs (approximately) would be associated with this project. This supposed payoff is utterly outrageous. The lives of the remaining 83 Southern Resident killer whales, and the coastal livelihoods of thousands of people that are reliant on the survival of these orcas, SHOULD NOT be risked for 90 full-time jobs! Plus, a pipeline that would ship out 700 times our current export in massive ocean tankers plying waters directly through the lives of orcas that have lived along the west coast for thousands of years makes absolutely NO sense for anyone but the corporation that will profit from it.

In closing, I must reiterate that I am calling on you to stop Kinder Morgan in its tracks. Do not allow the approval of this dangerous expansion project.

Chatham OntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LincolnShlensky

The expansion of Kinder Morgan's pipeline project represents an unacceptable risk and furthers Canada's over-reliance on environmentally harmful resource extraction.

Victoria British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MargoMatwychuk

Potentially destroying the beauty and the renewable resources of the west coast for a fossil of an industry is insanity at its best/worst. Do something right for a change--vote no to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

2591 Empire StBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Sue Brown

I live in Victoria BC and am 62 years old. I value the clean ocean and coastline of the Pacific Northwest. Expanding the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker is a risk to our way of life, and to the animals of the ocean and coast line. We can not keep expanding on the use of fossil fuels for profit. Our commitment to the Paris Climate talks means we need to do more to reduce carbon emissions. The Kinder Morgan expansion is counter productive. Prime Minister Trudeau, you portrayed yourself as an environmental leader in Paris. Say no to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan line.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SusannaDuft

“If I win the honour of serving as prime minister, the Northern Gateway pipeline will not happen"
THE SAME CONCERNS & RISKS exist for Kinder Morgan Expansion:
1. Climate Change
2. Pipeline ruptures and spills on land
3. Oil tanker spills and accidents will have irreversible negative impact on marine environment (salmon, endangered southern resident killer whales are already under immense stress - a spill will be devastating!)
4. First Nations “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples." Respect them and their opposition to this expansion

I STRONGLY OPPOSE the Kinder Morgan Expansion!

BurlingtonOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SariaAndrew

Dear Mr. Trudeau,
I am a grandmother from BC and wish to express my objection to the kindermorgan pipline and tanker proposal. A spill or leak in our waters would likely destroy our environment and a great majority of the jobs in BC. Tourism and fishing and the offshoots of these are our most important industries. The beautidul environment is also the biggest reason we live here. There is nothing as important for ourselves and our families. Taking any more chances does not make sense. Instead of trying to increase oil industry jobs for Alberta we should be promoting jobs in agriculture, alternative energy such as wind, tidal, and solar, tourism. production of furniture and crafts, medical eqipment and drugs, and other industries that are environmentally and socially sound.

517 Fisgard ST.British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
TomHardy

Mr Prime Minister!
I stand with over 90% of British Columbians and First Nations who oppose this pipeline! I grew up here and I do not want more tankers operating in the Salish Sea past places like the Gulf Islands and the beaches of Victoria! This risk is far too great for the questionable economic benefit to Canadians as the world is under great pressure to reduce dependence on the burning of fossil fuels. I feel in the very near future, infrastructure like this is for naught. If you really want to put Albertans back to work, build a solar power or safe nuclear fusion factory there! The answer is no!

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarvGandall

Virtually everyone who has appeared before the consultation panel touring Alberta and BC has come out against the pipeline both because it violates the Paris committment to reduce fossil fuels and because it heightens the odds of catastrophic oil spills.

My few brief comments are directed at the economic foolishness of the pipeline.

If you listen to the self-interested arguments of the industry, the pipeline expansion is going to bring jobs and economic growth to the people of BC and Alberta.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Consider:

First, any construction and service jobs which will will be created will be stretched out along the 1000 miles of new pipeline and will disappear as each section of the pipeline is built.

Second, these temporary jobs won't be replaced by permanent ones since the fossil fuels industry is now in permanent decline. It's being crushed by the rapid development of solar and wind power and other renewables. That's where investment is now flowing and jobs are being created - in the green energy sector. That's where urgent federal and provincial government attention and resources ought to be directed.

Third, the Alberta tar sands are an especially uneconomic source of fossil fuel production. It's extraction costs are well above the market price for oil and gas, and even a modest price rebound won't save it. Bank of England and former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and others have warned of stranded assets - reserves left in the ground - and Alberta is a prime candidate to suffer this fate.

Fourth, in these circumstances, building a pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific is like building the proverbial bridge to nowhere. Lower cost US and Australian producers, for one thing, are much better positioned to export liquid natural gas to the Asian market.

Finally, I want to conclude by pointing out the particular harm this project will do to the economy in Victoria, where I currently reside.

Right now, the spectacular vista of the Juan de Fuca Strait from Dallas Road is marred only by the occasional sight of an oil tanker.

But Kinder Morgan estimates - and it is probably an underestimate - that there will be a sevenfold or 700% increase in tanker traffic if the pipeline is expanded.

So we will be looking at a stream of oil and LNG tankers which will destroy the beauty of the coastline which underpins Victoria's tourist industry and economic growth.

This pipeline must be stopped. The tankers must not pass.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JoPhillips

Government needs to direct its energy and dollars to the development of truly sustainable energy sources rather than pushing on with tar sands, LNG, pipelines and other energy sources that have such potential and actual catastrophic consequences to the ecosystem that we all depend upon for our existence.

Please reject the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Thank you.

SookeBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ShirleyMcBride

The NEB process was flawed from the start because it did not consider climate change, the most significant issue of our time. Kinder Morgan presented flawed data concerning safety. And now we have a disinterested and biased panel carrying out poorly organized hearings.
In the entire process the risks to our environment and to coastal industries have been ignored and evonomic benefits of the pioeline exaggersted in an aggressive media csmpaign by Kinder Morgan.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GracielaOrlando

Canada ...now is the time to be a leader in Social justice, the environment and substainable economy.
Not an easy task, so much is running on this decision, the consequences of a wrong call can be devastating.
Prime Minister Trudeau : Reject the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project!

2285 Carpenter RoadBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BrendaErven

I do not want the West Coast I call home to be just another impending disaster zone. I do not support an increase of oil tankers by several hundred percent in my pristine backyard, an increase which will ultimately-at some point-lead to environmental catastrophes!!!!!

1421 Taunton StreetBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Joshua Christopher

All pipeline construction in Canada should be ceased immediately. There is a lot of work to do to retool our economy to the green economy of the future. Let's walk away from the tar sands and start working on a healthier and more sustainable future.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
NinaNordgren

It is astoundingly clear that the public does not want this pipeline running through protected areas! Why are you ignoring al the public outcry?

Punta GordaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LarryWartels

Thank you Murray - I know you're on board! Message for Right Honourable Trudeau:

What will people 200 years from now think of people who wanted to keep burning fossil fuel for everything...everything? Leave the Oil in the Soil, Leave the Coal in the Hole, Leave the Gas under the Grass. People and Planet Before Profit. Invest in Quality of Life Without Carbon Combustion. http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/2/will_350org_fossil_fuel_divestment_campaign

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DorothyField

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

The following is the presentation I wasn't able to deliver to the panel since the room was full and I was among the 100s kept out:

Kinder Morgan Open House – 4-6:30 Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel
I am not a scientist, just a private citizen.

Let me begin: this proposal will increase oil tanker traffic by 700%.
What we know: oil spills, even with the best technology, happen. Our best technology is not up to the job. Human error is inevitable.

We know dilbit. It sinks. It coats everything it touches.
It poses a huge threat to salmon, orcas, humpbacks, waterfowl.

I'd like to ask each of you if you've travelled along this coast??

It is hard to imagine not feeling the extraordinary beauty. I ask each of you to open your hearts to that beauty and vitality, that very complex and brilliant ecosystem, this web of life.

Now, please imagine what it would mean to have it covered in diluted bitumen.
I think of the carnage of the Exxon Valdez spill still is not fully cleaned up, 27 years later.
I ask you again to open your hearts to what this means.

You must be aware that Kinder Morgan's record of spills and clean up is anything but impeccable. But maybe that doesn't matter to them. They've touted the economic benefits of oil spills in jobs for those doing the cleanup – jobs that pose serious health risks to clean up workers.

Kinder Morgan also indicated they're not sure climate change is actually happening. Does that make them a company we should trust?

Kinder Morgan's insurance is entirely inadequate to cover the cost of clean-up so means we British Columbians will pay to try to repair their desecration.

We will receive only the smallest compensation for the use of our coast, this is a bad bad rotten economic deal.

According to the CCPA-BC, the TransMountain Expansion's annual gas emission would be greater than all of BC's annual emissions combined.

There are no good reasons to approve and many to stop the TM expansion.
If we truly want to meet our Green House Gas reduction commitment, we must say No.
If we truly love this coast, we must say NO. In that spirit I ask you: JUST SAY NO!!

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
Elizabeth Borek

This panel was supposedly convened to restore the trust of the public in the NEB process. In fact, it did exactly the opposite.

The event was extremely poorly organized. The room was filled to capacity and over 100 people couldn't get in. I finally got in around 7 pm. One speaker talked about Chair Baird's conflict of interest. I later asked Ms. Baird in a private conversation is she had a conflict. She assured me she did not saying that there was a leadership exchange for a few weeks. It turns out it was several months and she apparently toured with Kinder Morgan and shared office staff! In my opinion, she purposefully misled me. She is also a lobbyist for a very unpopular LNG project in BC.

Another panelist, Dr. Treeborn, was robotic and seemed disinterested. She is a previous assistant Finance Minister of Finance in the Alberta Redford government which strongly supported the fossil fuel industry above all else. The third panelist did not attend.

Only 50 out of about 180 registered to speak had the opportunity to speak before the panel shut down the hearing. An older gentleman requested the meeting continue the next day. Chair said a decision couldn't be made without the other panel member and words to the effect she would see what she could do. It was clear she was going to do nothing.

I approached the panel table at the end of the meeting and said it appears this panel is as corrupt as the NEB hearing. A very large man, over 6' tall, approached me on the right and told me I was being rude. I said I was not being rude and asked if he was with the panel. He said he was. I replied his opinion was likely to be somewhat biased. At this point another large man approached me on my left side and told me I was being rude in an aggressive tone. When I asked who he was, he replied he was police. I was now boxed in. I felt threatened and bullied. I later learned he was RCMP. I am a 70 year old, 5'3'', 115 lb., non violent woman. Was it really necessary to bully me with two big unpleasant, aggressive males? Does this restore trust? I came away wondering if this was really Canada - hardly sunny days!

These hearings are a farce and a waste of taxpayers money. If you want to regain the trust of Canadians, do the right thing and either reject the pipeline now or conduct legitimate hearings.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Borek

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Larry Myers

Projects that lead to expansion of the Tar Sands and enhanced threats to the fragile ecosystem of British Columbia must not be approved. The people of British Columbia (First Nations and settlers) DO NOT GIVE PERMISSION!

Burnaby British ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
TroyTaylor

I am opposed to this project because ALL pipelines and tankers leak eventually. Our coastline is just too valuable. The Canadian government is spending an enormous amount of money on these hearings, and even though the public keeps saying no, we see our tax dollars squandered. No more pipelines. No more tankers. It is time to make the move to clean energy. Canadians want clean energy, not the same old dirty oil business that has destroyed our planet. CLEAN ENERGY PLEASE. Stop wasting our tax money on these hearings and shut the whole damn thing down. CLEAN ENRGY PLEASE!

VancovuerBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KathyKniss

Make the move to cleaner energy.

56 Cameron CircleColoradoNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RuthFeatherstone

Now is not the time to expand fossil fuel pipelines. Invest more in renewable energy. Put your money where your mouth is. Canada is back...show it.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
CynthiaPreston

It's becoming somewhat obvious that your government's real intent seems to be building up to a complete sellout of BC's environment in favour Kinder Morgan, and any other industrial giants including China, the worst polluter in the world, or anyone else that wants to pay for a piece of the action. Promises of money will not save our coast when there is a major spill. If you continue along this path of money over environment and succeed, those that live, work and play on this coast can all say goodbye to life as we know it. A major spill is inevitable, by human error or otherwise, and Kinder Morgan and/or your government, by using our Canadian's hard earned tax dollars, can throw a billion dollars at a "state of the art" coast guard and clean up crew/facilities, etc..., but weather and accidents happen, bitumen sinks, oil spills and there is no known method of hitting reset when these disasters strike. Just ask Kalamazoo how they're doing these many years later, or those that had to live through the relatively small Exxon Valdez (a mere dinghy in comparison to the supertankers of today) spill so many years ago where the environment, salmon stocks, fishing industry and wildlife have never recovered, or even our friends in Saskatchewan after that pipeline rupture just a few weeks ago. Our wild salmon and orca populations are dwindling and any decision in favour of Kinder Morgan's expansion plans will become the straw that broke the camels back. In addition to you already granting permits for Woodfibre LNG, which was quite frankly unbelievable considering its proposal to use a salt water cooling system/flush, its location in proximity to human populations, Howe Sound's fragile environment, migration patterns of ocean life, and narrow passage, the kind of major influx of super tanker traffic Kinder Morgan also wants will be unmanageable for remaining orcas, migrating whales and other marine mammals due to traffic noise and collisions. Allowing this human greed to destroy what is left of our irreplaceable, fragile and beautiful coast, cannot and will not happen by the will of the people, no matter how badly your government, and your friends, want it to take place.

KelownaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GordBroughton

A very foolish thing to do, there is already far too much risk now with 70 tankers per year.

Mill bayBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
VictoriaMarie

The Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project is a threat to the environmental health of the Burrard Inlet. The increased tanker traffic calls for the elimination of Crab Park, the only seaside green space available to the residents of the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona areas of Vancouver.

If the government was serious about doing something to decrease global warming, they would invest in the research, development, maintenance and provision of sustainable, renewable energy resources. This would create lasting jobs that are not subject to the boom and bust the current resource industry.

Oil companies don't care about the world we leave to our children and grandchildren but our governments should. Please listen to the people and not the corporations. Please show that you are a government that still believes in the common good and stop this project. Thank you for your time and consideration.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Heinz WNussbaumer

Canada and the rest of the world don't need more pipelines and tankers!

We need investment in renewable energy and the 'subsidies and free ride' of the oil and gas industry have to stop immediately!

Hon. Justin Trudeau, please keep your election promises and be courageous, stop listening to the 'old oil-men'.

Thank you.

PS: You have two beautiful children - please provide a clean future for them too.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
diane brown

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

You promised - we voted for you. Now, keep your word and divest Canada from fossil fuels and invest in new infrastructure to create renewable energy. Say no to all pipeline expansion projects including Kinder Morgan. The people of BC say NO to this!

You have children; do the right thing.

Diane Brown and family.

vancouferBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
leahormandy

i live on the burrard inlet and i would love to live on burnaby mountain. please find a better location than on my inlet perhaps england is much more central lets see if queen of england wants an oil refinery in her front yard never mind doubling up the pipelines or drudging to get more oil tankers through my inlet the time is now and i want it back yes Burnaby Mountain!

north vancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BrendaErven

I am sick and tired of the Government destroying the environment which myself and my young child have to live in---all for the sake of greed! There is NO excuse at this point in human history to continue with practices which are known to have NO realistic long-term value and known to cause such EXTREME environmental damage. We, the people, have had enough, and we are GOING to be heard!

1421 Taunton StreetBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
BrendaErven

I don'r agree with this pipelines, OR with multiple tankers sailing through my backyard. The Government of BC and of Canada has not listened to it's citizens, and now you should get ready for a political war the likes of which you have never seen.

1421 Taunton StreetBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BrendaErven

Prime Minister Trudeau---you PROMISED to take BOLD action on environmental issues---DON"T BE A SELLOUT---FOR YOUR CHILDRENS' SAKES

1421 Taunton StreetBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
Corina Bye

Do the right thing. Communities say no.

DeltaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Nicole MacRae

Transporting crude bitumen to Asia through the busiest port in the country, through the third largest urban center, past a densely populated urban center that prides itself on its natural beauty, recreational opportunities and access to a clean ocean environment, is a risk too great to take. Tourism brings in more capital than Kinder Morgan ever will.

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RogerSaltel

We don't want more tankers along the inlet and coast. Oil is on its way out, the sooner the better. We should be more concerned with making up for the last ten years of Harpers backward thinking, we need to invest in clean energy the world wants it, let's make it. We have all the ingredients needed. We need jobs invest in Canada's future and go green all the way let oil die off, the sooner that monopoly is over the better
If that pipe line goes through I am going to be severely choked.
Thanks for your time
Roger Saltel

Maple RidgeBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
VictoriaChen

The public says NO to Kinder Morgan going through our communities and province! It is a dangerous risk to our community health and wellbeing.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DaniDooher

We are simply not interested in making it easy to transport the stuff from the oilsands that already costs more to get out of the ground than it's worth on the world market, that's not even for the Canadian market especially when you cannot guarantee "no spills." You seem to have difficulty understanding the actual negative impacts and how this casual disregard for the safekeeping and health of the water and the land must be stopped and stopped now - not sometime years down the road so Fort Mac can 'recover'. Now is the time to change direction, when things have ground to a halt. When one door closes, another opens. Take this opportunity and pull all of those eggs of ours you have invested in the old ways; there are much better alternatives available. Please wake up before it's too late.

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ChristineNydahl

STOP KINDER MIRGAN!

CroftonBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
jeffking

just say No to this sludge....time to be a leader... not a corporate puppet

NanaimoBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AnitaJames

Your pipeline will cause more harm rhan good.....there are ALWAYS pipeline breaks....

Pincher creekAlbertaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BrockReid

Stop this madness right NOW!!!!!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
KaetherineMaas

My name is Katherine Maas. I’m a mother and a grandmother. I live in Victoria, in the neighboourhood of James Bay, just two blocks from the Salish Sea, across the street from Emily Carr’s House of Small, and around the corner from the house where she was born and grew up. We are the most populous neighbourhood in Victoria with 15% of the city’s 345,000 population, around 50,000 people. We have the largest group of 65+ residents in Victoria.

James Bay is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water: Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. Our waterfront is alive with activity including an array of industry, government, transportation, and recreation facilities.

James Bay is vibrant community with many heritage homes, and an array of multi-family housing and apartment buildings. This neighbourhood projects an image of Victoria that promotes tourism. The old streets of James Bay and the remaining vintage housing stock emphasize the Victorian charm of the city.

Tourism plays a significant role in the economy of James Bay. This industry brings $2B a year to Victoria’s economy and employs 22,000 people. In BC as a whole in 2012, tourism generated $13.5B in revenue, a 2.5 % increase from 2011 and a 40.5 % increase from 2002. In 2012, the tourism industry generated $1.2B in provincial tax revenues, including income, hotel, gas, and other taxes. Best of all tourism is a sustainable source of revenue. We don’t have to destroy or even use up anything for it to continue to be an economic driver here.

Visitors find many of Victoria's key attractions in my neighbourhood: the Legislative Buildings, the Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman's Wharf, and many hotels and B&Bs. Horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs, and waterfront walkways such as Dallas Road also serve as tourist draws.

Residents of James Bay enjoy walking and cycling in this neighbourhood year round. As well, the community also serves as a major transit corridor for the greater Victoria area for ferries, cruise ships, helicopters, the Canadian Coast Guard, fishing boats, pleasure crafts, and tourist vehicles such as horse-drawn carriages and pedicabs.

I love living in this neighbourhood. Along with thousands of others, I try to walk along the sea edge on Dallas Road every day; it contributes to my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. But these days, I can’t walk Dallas Road without imagining what a dilbit spill would do to this neighbourhood. Thinking about it keeps me awake at night.

The Ministry of Transport has said there’s a high risk of a catastrophic oil spill off this coast. If the Kinder Morgan pipeline goes through it’s not a question of whether there will be an oil spill here but when. When it happens, if it happens here, this vibrant neighborhood will be uninhabitable, with water on three sides and a prevailing offshore wind the toxic fumes from the cocktail of chemicals used to make tar sands flow will blanket our neighbourhood. Our 50,000 residents will be forced out of their homes; those who can’t leave will be condemned to live in a severely polluted environment. Many, like me, are elders – are we simply dispensible? Dilbit is very toxic. We cannot know all the chemicals it contains, because the oil companies won’t tell us, but carcinogenic benzene is just one of them. People involved in clean up of dilbit spills in other geographies have had compromised health and life expectancy. Studies show that only 5-15% of spilled oil can ever really be cleaned up, and dilbit is much worse than conventional oil – it sinks in cold water. Even if people could still live here following such a spill, our main livelihood, tourism, will be ruined forever.

If this pipeline is built and an oil spill occurs here as a result of the hugely increased tanker traffic it will bring with it, my neighborhood will be directly affected. But wherever this spill occurs along our coast, other communities will be at similar risk. Their people’s health and livelihood will be threatened.

There is nothing for us to gain from having this pipeline and there is so much for us to lose. How can the government justify the risk of turning a vibrant and economically viable community like this into a sacrifice zone just so a large foreign-owned oil company can make more money? How can we risk ruining this beautiful place for our children, grandchildren, and all future generations just to wring few more years of production out of a sunset industry?

And all this is without even mentioning the impact this pipeline will have downstream on greenhouse gases worldwide. We know that in order to adhere to the 1.5-degree-C we supported at Paris only a few months ago, we need to leave 80% of the tar sands in the ground. Canada can’t claim on the one hand to be a climate leader and promote the 1.5C target and with the other push pipelines to tidewater so this dirty oil can be shipped abroad to be burned in Asia. If built, this pipeline will continue to flow for 50 years, but long before that our climate will have become uninhabitable by human beings and most other advanced life forms. We are killing our planet to create a few jobs and further line the pockets of a US oil company. Remember: There will be no jobs on a dead planet.

We cannot allow this pipeline to be built!

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
KatherineMaas

My name is Katherine Maas. I’m a mother and a grandmother. I live in Victoria, in the neighboourhood of James Bay, just two blocks from the Salish Sea, across the street from Emily Carr’s House of Small, and around the corner from the house where she was born and grew up. We are the most populous neighbourhood in Victoria with 15% of the city’s 345,000 population, around 50,000 people. We have the largest group of 65+ residents in Victoria.

James Bay is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water: Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. Our waterfront is alive with activity including an array of industry, government, transportation, and recreation facilities.

James Bay is vibrant community with many heritage homes, and an array of multi-family housing and apartment buildings. This neighbourhood projects an image of Victoria that promotes tourism. The old streets of James Bay and the remaining vintage housing stock emphasize the Victorian charm of the city.

Tourism plays a significant role in the economy of James Bay. This industry brings $2B a year to Victoria’s economy and employs 22,000 people. In BC as a whole in 2012, tourism generated $13.5B in revenue, a 2.5 % increase from 2011 and a 40.5 % increase from 2002. In 2012, the tourism industry generated $1.2B in provincial tax revenues, including income, hotel, gas, and other taxes. Best of all tourism is a sustainable source of revenue. We don’t have to destroy or even use up anything for it to continue to be an economic driver here.

Visitors find many of Victoria's key attractions in my neighbourhood: the Legislative Buildings, the Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman's Wharf, and many hotels and B&Bs. Horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs, and waterfront walkways such as Dallas Road also serve as tourist draws.

Residents of James Bay enjoy walking and cycling in this neighbourhood year round. As well, the community also serves as a major transit corridor for the greater Victoria area for ferries, cruise ships, helicopters, the Canadian Coast Guard, fishing boats, pleasure crafts, and tourist vehicles such as horse-drawn carriages and pedicabs.

I love living in this neighbourhood. Along with thousands of others, I try to walk along the sea edge on Dallas Road every day; it contributes to my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. But these days, I can’t walk Dallas Road without imagining what a dilbit spill would do to this neighbourhood. Thinking about it keeps me awake at night.

The Ministry of Transport has said there’s a high risk of a catastrophic oil spill off this coast. If the Kinder Morgan pipeline goes through it’s not a question of whether there will be an oil spill here but when. When it happens, if it happens here, this vibrant neighborhood will be uninhabitable, with water on three sides and a prevailing offshore wind the toxic fumes from the cocktail of chemicals used to make tar sands flow will blanket our neighbourhood. Our 50,000 residents will be forced out of their homes; those who can’t leave will be condemned to live in a severely polluted environment. Many, like me, are elders – are we simply dispensible? Dilbit is very toxic. We cannot know all the chemicals it contains, because the oil companies won’t tell us, but carcinogenic benzene is just one of them. People involved in clean up of dilbit spills in other geographies have had compromised health and life expectancy. Studies show that only 5-15% of spilled oil can ever really be cleaned up, and dilbit is much worse than conventional oil – it sinks in cold water. Even if people could still live here following such a spill, our main livelihood, tourism, will be ruined forever.

If this pipeline is built and an oil spill occurs here as a result of the hugely increased tanker traffic it will bring with it, my neighborhood will be directly affected. But wherever this spill occurs along our coast, other communities will be at similar risk. Their people’s health and livelihood will be threatened.

There is nothing for us to gain from having this pipeline and there is so much for us to lose. How can the government justify the risk of turning a vibrant and economically viable community like this into a sacrifice zone just so a large foreign-owned oil company can make more money? How can we risk ruining this beautiful place for our children, grandchildren, and all future generations just to wring few more years of production out of a sunset industry?

And all this is without even mentioning the impact this pipeline will have downstream on greenhouse gases worldwide. We know that in order to adhere to the 1.5-degree-C we supported at Paris only a few months ago, we need to leave 80% of the tar sands in the ground. Canada can’t claim on the one hand to be a climate leader and promote the 1.5C target and with the other push pipelines to tidewater so this dirty oil can be shipped abroad to be burned in Asia. If built, this pipeline will continue to flow for 50 years, but long before that our climate will have become uninhabitable by human beings and most other advanced life forms. We are killing our planet to create a few jobs and further line the pockets of a US oil company. Remember: There will be no jobs on a dead planet.

We cannot allow this pipeline to be built!

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
MarnieBranfireun

Canada should cease all future major pipeline development and focus major infrastructure projects on shifting to renewable, sustainable alternative energy sources. There are numerous, strong, evidence-based ecological, social, and economic reasons to shift our economy and jobs market away from a finite source of energy formed over geologic time, that drives climate change, and does not create long-term jobs. We should store carbon in Canada's ecosystems, not export it to the atmosphere. We should build jobs in Canada's economy, not export money to foreign corporations. We should foster long-term financial stability for Canadians, via a sustainable economy.
There is little long-term, net benefit of oil sands development for the average Canadian, or for First Nations Canadians.
We believe in you, and know you can think outside of the box Mr. Trudeau: GDP growth does not serve most of us... but healthy ecosystems and a stable climate do. You are logical, you are altruistic, you are a teacher.... Stick to your instincts, to your ethics, to your logic, and to your knowledge in this. Lead us into the new Canada we voted you in to create. Take the leap.
And if all else fails listen to our community. WE DO NOT WANT THIS OR ANY OTHER PIPELINES! Lower Mainland municipalities reject it. Academics reject it. Citizens reject it. You can reject it too. You can reject the false economy of 'in for a penny, in for a pound', and take us in the direction we must ultimately go.... towards real democracy, and real sustainability.
Marnie Branfireun
Lecture in Environmental Science, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC and Resident of Vancouver, BC

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GailCotter

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau;
You have come into power at a dangerous threshold in history. You know that we must end our addiction to fossil fuels. You know that it is urgent that we change course ..... that it is immediate! I trust, hope, pray that you have the courage to buck the powerful corporations and vested interests and do the right thing for the future of our children and theirs, and the health of this planet that is our home. No need to detail it here. You know very well where we are in time.
These pipelines must not happen! Kinder Morgan's plan must not happen. B.C. and it's waterways is not a sacrifice zone for Canada's economic woes or Alberta's problems. We need a new direction. So much hope is invested in you and your younger smart team that gave us the impression that you had the courage to do things differently.
I hope you have the vision to create a new economic foundation, and foster that in the world.

W. VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BrendaErven

I DO NOT approve of the Kinder Morgan pipeline!! I DO NOT want my environment polluted to make Kinder Morgan money! Justin Trudeau needs to listen to the public and STOP THIS PIPELINE!!!!

1421 Taunton StreetBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
SusanneJackson

What kind of government we have now will be clearly shown by what the decision is on this project. Pretty words are just that, words. Your actions will show us who you are truly working for. The whole NEB process was a farce. The public hearings, if nothing else, made that abundantly clear to everyone listening. There is no community permission for this project. A decision made on the basis of this process would lack all credibility. If this project was approved in the light of this then it will show us that the profits of big companies, money in other words, come before the citizens of this country. We do not want to be the final sacrifice of a failed process for a dying industry. China does not need our oil, they can get it from other countries. Why should we be sacrificed for China and the ones that would profit from supplying it to them? We can grow our economy by doing what would really address climate change. So this is not just about this project but about trust. You have said it is the that communities grant permission, that you would consult with First Nations on a nation to nation basis, that Canada would be a world leader in the fight against climate change. Approving this project would show that you did not really mean those things, that you can not be trusted. We got rid of Harper and thought, from what you said, that we would truly have a government that put the wellbeing of the citizens ahead of the corporations and big money. This decision will let us know who you really represent. My own MP knows his chances of getting re-elected will decline drastically if this project is approved. Listen to him.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
JoanneCanow

Please consider the interests of the people who love this coast, the indigenous communities who are fighting for land and environmental protection, and the sea life that would be greatly harmed by the impact of increased marine traffic, noise pollution, and potential oil spills. I strongly oppose this project for the sake of current peoples and future generations.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DallasMinion

Please do not let this become our national legacy.

TaberAlbertaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
RuthWalmsley

North Burnaby is my home, where I have lived and worked for the past 30 years. I am strongly opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion Project, and to an increase in supertanker traffic in the Salish Sea.

I applied to participate as an intervenor in the National Energy Board’s hearings for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project on the basis of my deep concern about potential adverse impacts on myself and my family, and on our environment, if this project is allowed to proceed. The NEB rejected my application to participate, and I was refused the right to even submit a letter of comment. I then participated in a constitutional challenge against the flawed NEB review because my voice, and the voices of hundreds of other concerned people were silenced by the limitations imposed upon the process.

I believe the NEB and the federal government have a duty to consider the potential impacts of this project which extend far beyond those living directly on the pipeline route. The health and economic well-being of everyone in this region would be affected by the decrease in air and water quality associated with the project, and by oil spills which will inevitably occur on land and water.

The decision to omit consideration of the downstream greenhouse gas emissions associated with this project is unacceptable. The project would accelerate global warming, at a time when we need to be drastically reducing our emissions to curb climate change. The effects of climate change will extend far beyond those of us living in this region, and will include future generations.

I am concerned about the devastating impact a spill of diluted bitumen would have on rivers, watersheds, and coastal eco-systems, as well as on peoples’ cultures, communities, and livelihoods along the pipeline and tanker routes. The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline would cross, and put at risk, 1000’s of streams and rivers, as well as many mountain ranges and earthquake and avalanche-prone landscapes, before hitting the fragile ecosystems of the west coast.

The increase in the frequency of tankers transporting toxic bitumen in Burrard Inlet, from about once a week to at least one every day, passing approximately one kilometre from my home, is unacceptable to me. In spite of the best intentions, we know that accidents will happen, and oil spills are inevitable.

I am very concerned about the effect this project would have on our wild salmon, as well as on our Southern resident killer whales, which are listed as endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Population viability analysis conducted by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation shows that increased noise from oil tanker traffic from the Trans Mountain Project will intensify existing threats, accelerate their rate of decline and possibly lead to complete extinction. The risk of oil spills is an additional separate threat that carries potential catastrophic consequences. The probability of an accident may be low, but the consequences of an accident and the impact of increased tanker traffic would be so devastating to our local endangered southern resident killer whales that it makes such risk unacceptable. 

Over 130 First Nations from across BC have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration, symbolically banning pipelines from crossing large swaths of land that cover nearly the entire province. This solidarity accord has also been signed by labour unions including Unifor, the BC Government & Service Employee’s Union and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, as well as business, environmental and community groups.

In addition, Coast Salish First Nations from the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, and Washington State have signed the International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea, an historic treaty which makes the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project illegal under Coast Salish Law. Development must not take place on Indigenous territories without the free, prior, and informed consent of the affected peoples. This principle is consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory. 

We are at a cross-roads. We have a moral obligation to leave a healthy environment for future generations. The decision that the Federal government is about to make regarding this project will have an impact on whether our children inherit a planet which still has the capacity to sustain life as we know it. Our kids belong to the first generation of humans who are facing the possibility of inheriting a planet which will be unable to sustain life as we know it. Collectively, we still have a window of opportunity before us to mitigate the impending climate catastrophe and to avoid the risks to our fragile interior and coastal ecosystems. That window is rapidly closing. I believe that the science of climate change has already made the decision clear. NO new fossil fuel infrastructure can be built if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.

If the Federal Liberal Government decides in Kinder Morgan's favour and against the interests of people, the planet and a future sustainable economy, I know I will not be alone in choosing to exercise my civil rights to practice civil disobedience by putting my body in the way of any pipeline development.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
Angela Alaggia

I am one voice born and raised in BC. I love my Towns my Oceans my Forests and ALL living creatures whom LIVE and Breathe EAT off our PRECIOUS COUNTRY. PLEASE Mr. Trudeau hear my voice for I speak for many. STOP This Pipeline!!!!!

Gibsons British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Ursula Clodius

I oppose the Trans Mountain Expansion Plan because it would:
1.expand pipeline capacity to 890,000 barrels per day
2.expand the tank farm from 13 to 26 large tanks: more fire risks
3. dredge Burrard Inlet and add 2 berths for larger tankers
4. go from 5 to 34 tankers per month!! Spills happen, dilbit will sink
5. release carcinogenic gases, noise, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gases

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
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TestBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Jackie Campbell

Attention Prime Minister Trudeau
Prime Minister the risks far out way the gains for this Kinder Morgan Expansion project. Burrard inlet is already at risk capacity for an oil spill we recently had a small spill and the City's response was extremely inadequate. A spill of crude oil bitumen or any other combination cannot be addressed properly to make the environment whole again the pollution effects linger on for generations. Exxon Valdes for example. Us the taxpayers will be responsible for the impossible task/costs of a cleanup should an inevitable spill occur. Kinder Morgan does what it has to by law maybe a Billion dollars but when they bail out it will be the residents that will have to endure the brunt of the disaster. We must not expand we must develop alternate energy solution .The technology is available already.
Please I implore you listen to our warnings do not approve this expansion.
Sincerely
Jackie Campbell

Pitt MeadowsBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BrianFerguson

September 22, 2016

Brian Ferguson
45-8763 Ash Grove Crescent
Burnaby BC V5A4B8

Dear Mr. Trudeau

I am writing to you regarding my concern that your government intends to issue Kinder Morgan a permit to continue work on the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

My family has lived on Burnaby Mtn for over 30 years about one kilometre from the tank farm. While we are not directly in the flow path of any of the existing storage tanks should there be any “spillage” our home is situated within criss crossing pipelines that converge on the tank farm. These pipelines carry a variety of products, any of which can pose a real threat to your life should there be an accident. The children who live in our neighbourhood use humour to cope with the fear they hear in their parents voices. “Know what they’re going to call Burnaby Mtn after the tank farm blows up? Burnaby Hollow.” Funny, huh?

As a parent it raises the question of what are you willing to do to to make sure that this threat to your family’s well being doesn’t get worse. How can a parent respond to the intention of other parties to act in a self serving way that threatens harm to you and yours?

Everyone tells me that I am right to worry, that the threat is real. The mayor, my MP, the fire dept, every single community leader says in concert that this proposal to grow the tank farm is a bad idea. I attend public meetings about this proposal hosted by people who speak to my concerns and learn that they believe the fix is in. Once again, we are told, the big money has bought the complicity of the people we elected to ensure that there would be responsible, evidence based decisions on these kinds of questions. The entire NEB review process was merely a sham puppet show that ignored and disregarded evidence that contradicted their prejudiced intention to approve the proposal. The only real concern of the panel is how much and how hard the public blowback would be to such a blatant reneging of your election promise.

Mr. Trudeau listen to your conscience. You know that the KM proposal is being made by former Enron crooks and that they are using implausible claims to support a business case for which there is little or no basis in truth. You know that this business case is rejected by the local governments as being not in the interests of their communities. You know that this proposal is contrary to your own environmental values and that for you to rationalize your failure to follow those values would harm your spirit. You know what decision your children would be proud of and what would inspire them to become like their dad. Make the right choice.

Yours,
Brian Ferguson

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MichaelMandrusiak

The Kinder Morgan pipeline does not appear to benefit the people of Burnaby or the people of British Columbia. Our coastline and our ecosystem is one of our most valuable assets and should not be jeopardized by increased tanker traffic and increased risk of oil spills. This is particularly the case when the pipeline runs straight into an area that is heavily populated, along coasts that are enjoyed by the families of the Lower Mainland.

It simply does not make sense, at this pivotal point in the history of energy development, to be investing heavily in non-renewable resources. Instead of spending billions of dollars on oil pipelines, we should be investing the equivalent into clean, renewable energy infrastructure that can transition our economy and protect our planet.

The Liberal government was voted into office with an understanding that oil companies would not be give and free pass on the dangers that they bring to our environment. The Liberal government does not have a mandate to support pipeline expansion. As a North Burnaby resident in your riding, I will happily continue to support the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau if you continue to stand up to oil companies. This is an important issue to me and other Burnaby residents, one that we will not have forgotten come election time.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JohnWittmayer

It appears as though China has once again bent Ottawa's will to protect its interest in their Tar Sands holdings. It is a form of Imperialism of the economic variety. Not only does KM threaten the West Coast environment by increasing pipeline capacity, it will expand the Tar Sands which means climate change carbon emissipn targets will never be met. Trudeau has the chance to reverse this process, but he has caved in to the oil and gas industry and their agenda. China is rubbing their hands together in gleeful anticipation of the profits to be made.

Maple RidgeBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LaurieMossop

I am not part of BROKE but I certainly do oppose the Kinder Morgan expansion project, both for personal as well as political reasons. I live on Burnaby Mountain; in fact, my 2 preschool aged children often play in our back yard just meters from the existing oil pipeline. Construction projects of this nature always carry significant safety risks and no amount of risk to my children's physical safety is acceptable to me for a project of this nature. Furthermore, I object to this project for other reasons: it will bring little benefit to the local economy, it will dramatically increase CO2 emissions from the Alberta tar sands, and the increased tanker traffic will pose a threat to the marine environment along the BC coast. I think BC should be investing in clean energy sources to supply its own energy needs. As for exporting energy to China, I think this is unnecessary.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Ray JamesBradbury

The Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline and tanker proposal is a corrupt process and a social and environmental nightmare. Reject it totally. Please be absolutely clear that the people are rejecting this project.

WEST VANCOUVERBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
SuzanneCrawford

Again and again you have been shown all of the reason, scientific, environmental and economic why this pipeline proposal is a not beneficial to our province and our communities. It is in fact disastrous, and somehow you haven't been able to hear us. We do not want this kinder morgan expansion. It is a a very bad idea. Once again WE DO NOT GIVE PERMISSION.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
EllenPye

You promised "no tankers off the B.C. coast"; you promised to respect the rights of our First Nations and to build good, equitable relations with them; to take meaningful action against global warming; to listen to what ordinary (not oil industry-related lobbyists) Canadians say on important matters; to make your policies science-based.
Approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, to which First Nations and many British Columbians strongly object, will have you break five major promises to those who voted for you, myself included. Not a feat to be proud of.
Paying lip service to what we voted you in for without following up with action that is consistent with that is even worse than stating the policies to be carried out openly the way Harper did; at least we knew what we were in for. Not walking the talk is right up there.
Buying a pig in a poke doesn't make anyone feel good and you may well find that your Liberal MPs in B.C. will not be occupying their seats after the next election; I for one will be voting Green; even if they don't win anything, I won't be as disappointed as I feel now, seeing what I voted for being trampled underfoot.

DeltaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Jennifer IreneSullivan

Dear Sir,

I live in Burnaby, BC. I suffered severe head injury and broke my hip in a bad automobile accident thirty years ago.

So, I am disabled, cannot walk very far and do not have a car.

When I think of a cloud of toxic gas floating from a grounded tanker in Vancouver Harbour or loading tanker at the Westport terminal or a storage tank on Burnaby Mountain or a pipeline running through my neighborhood, I am horrified.

How can I evacuate?

Please, Mr. Prime Minister, do prioritize people over profit when deciding on the Kinder Morgan expansion proposal.

Thank you,

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
AlVarty

When the present Liberal government was up for election Trudeau said the review process would be changed. This has not happened. And First Nations were promised control of their lands and way of life. The pipeline has been rejected by 80 Chiefs. If it is approved, that will be the last time this lifetime Liberal will vote for that party

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RozIsaac

Please reject the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline for the following, among many many more reasons:
* when we need to be focusing on and investing in green technology, the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase tar sands export capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned
* a major spill (and it inevitably will happen) could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health.  Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in the Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield.
* seventeen First Nations in BC are firmly opposed to the project, including the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations in the Lower Mainland. The latter two have launched lawsuits to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult them, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project. Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory.

North VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SusanNg

Prime Minister Trudeau, I hope you will keep your promise to redo the NEB process and that Kinder Morgan will have to go through a new revised process.

This project does not make economic sense for Canadians either. Please DO NOT approve this project!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
KatrinaBlaikie

It is time to divest from fossil fuels.
It is the right decision to make.
Please make Canada a leader in renewable sustainable energy,
please invest our tax dollars in renewable energy jobs now,
even if it is not immediately profitable..
We need your leadership to act on behalf of future generations, to protect our right to a coast unspoiled by an oil spill.
-29 year old female Vancouver resident.

1125 E 14th AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
PeterNg

The NEB hearings were seriously flawed. Kinder Morgan expansion project should not go ahead.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
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testBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarthaWong

To Prime Minister Trudeau,

We residents at Burnaby and BC do not give permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The pipeline proposal has serious implications on our life, life of our children and future generations, and our planet. Our safety is at risk!

Please listen to our voices!

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JaneBrett

The pipeline does not end at tideline. The product is then transported further and in a manner decidedly dangerous to the Salish Sea. After that it is used in another country where it ads to world-wide CO2 levels. There are no borders in the atmosphere to prevent its re-arrval in BC. Please look at the whole picture.

4030 Hessington PlaceBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JoelOrnoy

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

As someone who is quite familiar with the area around the terminus point of the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion and who lives not far from there, I'm writing in opposition to the project. As I told your panel when they came to Burnaby the area is of great value to a number of stakeholders including tourists. Beyond that, there are a number of reasons the project should not proceed:

We don't want to lock ourselves into several more decades of fossil fuel expansion instead of transitioning to a greener economy. The proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase tar sands export capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned — This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change. Visit the Georgia Strait Alliance website for details.

Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill could harm fish and wildlife, drinking water, farmland and human health. Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in the Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield. See the CRED report for more information.

Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into the Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in a sevenfold increase in oil tanker traffic in Vancouver Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea which already harms sensitive marine wildlife. One tanker accident could have catastrophic impacts on salmon, killer whales and other marine life, and cause devastating losses to the coastal economy. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil or diluted tar sands bitumen on the West Coast. Visit the Georgia Strait Alliance to learn more.

First Nations: Seventeen First Nations in BC are firmly opposed to the project, including the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations in the Lower Mainland. The latter two have launched lawsuits to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult them, and to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project. Over 130 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. PM Trudeau has stated that “No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” Approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion while First Nations are contesting the project before the courts constitutes a failure to uphold their rights to free, prior and informed consent as outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is a signatory. Read the Assessment of Transmountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal by Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

Increased oil exports to China mean price-hikes for us here at home: Pipeline proponents and elected leaders tell us that access to foreign markets secures higher prices for our raw crude and this benefits Canada, but oil producers plan to charge those higher prices on every barrel they produce. And when they do, those refineries pass those costs along to us here at home. Visit Robyn Allan’s website to learn more.

Liability: In the case of a major tanker spill, taxpayers would likely be responsible for the burden of costs, as a company’s liability is limited to $1.3 billion and a major spill could easily cost ten times this amount. Taxpayers could be on the hook for billions. See the CRED report for more information.

I hope we can count on your government to make the right decision and reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal.

Sincerely,
Joel Ornoy

314 - 4411 Grange St.British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
GrahamFitzpatrick

Dear Ms. Baird, Mr. Penikett, Ms. Trimbee and Prime Minister Trudeau,

I do not support the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project. Please do not approve it.

In Paris in 2015, Mr Trudeau, you declared Canada's government is making climate change a "top priority", basing actions on the best scientific evidence and advice. You said you would support and implement policies that contribute to the development of a low-carbon economy. You said development can and should be based on the development of clean energy and you said that this can be done without sacrificing growth and that growth would be created in the process.

I believe the best scientific evidence you speak of is telling us to use fewer fossil fuels, not more. The most effective time to do so would have been some years ago, so I do not accept the suggestion that new fossil fuel infrastructure will fund the green economy in the future. Please skip the fossil fuel projects and invest in the green economy immediately.

You also committed to restricting planetary warming to 1.5 degrees. I agreed and it was the proudest I've been to be Canadian in some time. Please show us that you meant it. New oil pipelines are absolutely not consistent with that.

Furthermore, there are major gaps in the emergency response plans proposed by Kinder Morgan, which would put the surrounding public and environment at risk. The NEB has recommended the project without fully examining these risks, nor mandating sufficient commitments from Kinder Morgan.

Mr. Trudeau, you've said communities grant permission. I am hereby letting you know, this community member does not grant permission.

Regards,
Graham Fitzpatrick

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AbbySchwarz

Shipping noise and its potential effects on fishes

Abby L. Schwarz, Ph.D.

I am a marine biologist with research interests in how fishes use and respond to sounds. I’m strongly opposed to the Kinder Morgan (KM) Trans Mountain project for several reasons: the increased probability of an oil spill in B.C. coastal waters, the continued promotion and use of fossil fuels, and the increase in underwater shipping noise. The increase in the number of Aframax oil tankers from 5 to 34 per month will significantly increase levels of shipping noise in our coastal and continental shelf waters. These waters represent the most important habitats for marine life, and unfortunately are already among the noisiest regions known, with the heaviest ship traffic. There is growing recognition in the scientific community that increased noise has the potential to negatively impact fishes as well as marine mammals and sea turtles.

Sound is a critical sensory modality for aquatic animals because the properties of water favour its use over the use of vision or olfaction. Visible displays require ambient light (except for deep-sea fishes that use bioluminescence), and clear water which limits them to relatively short distances (underwater visibility is rarely greater than 46 m). Navigation using visible features is likewise limited. Olfactory signals take time to reach recipients, fade with distance, and are best at short range. By contrast, sound is useful both day and night, travels 4.4 times faster in water than in air, and travels much farther than either visible or olfactory signals. Because it shows little attenuation (fading), it also has high information value, particularly at frequencies below 1000 Hz (1 kHz), so that it is potentially useful for navigation and communication over long distances, as has been shown for some of the great whales.

Of the nearly 33,000 species of bony fishes alive today, 800-1000 so far have been found to make sounds themselves, and there must be many more. Fishes make sounds to attract and keep mates, defend eggs and young, repel competitors for food, mates and territory, deter predators, and maintain social cohesion (contact calls). To hear some of the sounds fishes make, go to www.dosits.org (DOSITS = Discovery of Sounds in the Sea, a website run by the Univ. of Rhode Island, and to the article below:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/04/07/science/20080408_FISH_FEATURE.html.

All fishes studied so far can hear, and in fact no naturally deaf vertebrate has ever been found. It was originally thought that fish used hearing mainly to communicate with one another, but that changed with the discovery that although goldfish and a variety of other species did not make sounds themselves, they too had an acute sense of hearing and sound discrimination abilities very similar to that of humans and other vertebrates. What might they be listening to, if not each other? There is now strong evidence that the main value of hearing is to help a fish determine objects and events in its environment, so that it can respond with appropriate behaviour.

There is in fact a lot for a fish to hear. Natural sounds in the sea are many and varied, and change in space and over time. Some accompany abiotic events, such as earthquakes, surf, rain, storms, and tidal movements. Others have biotic origins: invertebrates, fishes and marine mammals. The combination of abiotic and biotic sounds in a region make up that region’s “soundscape”, which may change with season, tidal and lunar cycles, and activities such as spawning or feeding. Soundscapes are now considered one of the fundamental characteristics of underwater as well as terrestrial habitats. PAM (Passive Acoustic Monitoring) is being used to map and monitor soundscapes over time, and has become an increasingly important tool in the conservation of natural marine habitats.

There is accumulating evidence that fishes can hear, localize, and interpret sounds in the regions through which they move. This ability significantly enhances their ability to carry out critical life functions: orientation and migration to feeding, wintering and spawning grounds and to habitats in which to mature; detecting prey and avoiding predators; attracting mates, advertising nest sites, fending off competitors, and defending eggs and young (a great many species of fishes make deliberate sounds in the context of reproduction); and defending a food source. The ability to hear and respond to biologically significant sounds would significantly increase survival and fitness, and thus would have been a strong selective factor in the evolution of hearing. Shipping noise threatens this ability.

Most sounds of biological importance to fishes are below 1 kHz, and all fishes studied so far are most sensitive to these low frequencies. Some, including Pacific herring, can also hear up to 5 kHz, whereas Atlantic salmon—and by extension probably chinook salmon as well—have an upper limit of 400 Hz. Unfortunately, shipping noise also travels rapidly for long distances and with little fading, and its major frequencies are also below 1 kHz. It is continuous and pervasive even in the deep ocean, and because it comes from moving sources it affects a large and changing area and is very difficult to avoid. Its major source is commercial vessels such as bulk carriers, container ships and tankers. It can be heard by Pacific herring and most probably by salmonids including chinook salmon.

The greatest danger that shipping noise presents to fishes and other aquatic fauna is the possibility of masking, which occurs when two sounds overlap in frequency and one “drowns out” the other. Shipping noise, even from relatively great distances, has the potential to mask natural sounds of biological importance to fishes, especially between <50-500 Hz, and this may disrupt behaviour connected with the critical functions listed on p. 2. Ultimately it could affect fitness and survival, with consequences at the population level. It has risen rapidly over the years and is now considered so serious a problem for marine fauna in general that its management has been included in international legislation (EU) and in environmental policy (US), and is a permanent agenda item of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN specialized agency tasked with improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships.

We know much more how shipping noise affects fishes in tanks or net pens than we do about the effects on wild fishes. Many more field studies are needed to give us an accurate picture. Studying fishes in the wild is extremely challenging. Unlike marine mammals, they do not surface to breathe, generally cannot be identified as individuals, and are very difficult to follow (the research vessel itself may alter their behaviour). Their behavioural responses to sounds are affected by a variety of factors, including season, time of day, lunar and tidal cycles, physiological state, motivational state, and so on, only some of which can be controlled in captivity. Nevertheless, because the fish inner ear is strikingly similar to that of other vertebrates in structure and function, and because there is already a well-documented history of negative responses to high noise levels by humans, birds, and some other terrestrial animals, researchers hypothesize that fishes may experience similar negative effects, and are testing this using recently improved field techniques.

Kinder Morgan (KM) chose Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi) as one of the indicator species in its proposal because this species is of enormous ecological and economic importance. (It also chose all 5 species of Pacific salmon, but I will only discuss Pacific herring because I have worked on herring responses to sounds of the fishing fleet.) The herring is at the centre of the B.C. coastal marine food web, and supports aboriginal, commercial and recreational fisheries. Herring stocks likely to be affected by the project’s tanker traffic undertake twice yearly migrations between offshore feeding grounds (SW coast of Vancouver Island) and inshore spawning grounds (Salish Sea). Their migration routes take them through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait, which already experience very heavy ship traffic.

In its proposal, KM cited our paper--the only paper on the responses of Pacific herring to any anthropogenic sounds (Schwarz and Greer 1984)—but they included only one of our results, minimized its significance, and omitted others. Three examples:

1: KM included our finding that net-penned herring responded negatively to playback of sounds from a 15-m troller and a 15-m and a 20-m seiner (all during approach), but made it sound as if the same level of response would occur if the project went ahead. In fact, the KM project would involve many tankers, each 245 m in length, with a variable number under way at any one time. As well, whereas our trollers and seiners were moving at about 10-12 knots, Aframax tankers would be moving at a maximum speed of 14 knots. The greater the speed, the greater the noise intensity. KM did not mention these differences, nor the probability that in such a situation, the fish are likely to respond far more strongly. Avoidance of vessels, all shorter than Aframax tankers, has been well documented for Atlantic herring and several other species.

2: KM omitted our finding that the more effective a sound was in eliciting a negative response (and these came from the largest vessels we used), the lower the probability of habituation (getting used to that sound over time and so not changing behaviour). Our results suggest that the herring will be even less likely to habituate to the noise of Aframax tankers than to a single much smaller seiner. Habituation is inversely proportional to stress and to energy expenditure. The proposed increase in the number of Aframax tankers from 5 to 34 per month would increase traffic from 1 tanker per week to 1 tanker per day entering and leaving Westridge, and would raise shipping noise levels significantly.

3: KM omitted our finding that the larger the vessel, the greater the distance at which the fish began avoiding its noise. The significance of this finding is that an increase in large vessels will spread their noise over an even larger area than at present. Other deep-draft vessels (container ships, bulk carriers) also contribute to current levels of shipping noise, and are also projected to increase in number in the coming years. However, the issue at this time involves Aframax oil tankers, and rejecting KM’s proposal would give the government an opportunity to set a precedent for controlling the numbers of those vessels also.

Our study did not concern herring migratory behaviour, but KM should have included it in its proposal and should have discussed how tanker traffic at night could affect it. Migrating Pacific herring travel in enormous schools at roughly 90-150 m depth during the day, but around dusk they rise toward the surface and spread out into “skimmers” that may be many km in length and extend down from the surface to 15-20 m depth. Before dawn they re-form into schools and sink again. Because the draft of an Aframax tanker is between 13.5 and 15.5 m, during nighttime transits it occupies the same depths as the skimmers which could therefore be exposed to very high noise levels. The increase in tanker traffic increases the possibility that the fish will change their behaviour to avoid the noise. “Fish habitat” as defined in the amended Fisheries Act includes migration routes as well as spawning and feeding areas, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tasked with its protection.

The herring are a vital link between the plankton and carnivorous fishes and marine mammals. They are a major prey item for chinook salmon, which itself is a favourite food of endangered southern resident killer whales because of its large size and high fat content. Herring, salmon, and other marine fauna already face a variety of challenges, including new predators, overfishing, habitat destruction, ocean warming and acidification that will affect plankton availability, and pollution from shore-based activities. They are also exposed to increasing noise from anthropogenic sources, especially shipping noise, which according to the IMO has doubled in intensity every decade for the past 60 years in the North Pacific Ocean, particularly in the Eastern Pacific.

The ecological and economic importance of Pacific herring is so great that any risk to it from twinning the pipeline is unacceptable. Policies must often be formulated with incomplete data, as in this case, and I urge the Canadian government to reduce Canada’s underwater acoustic “footprint” in the region now rather than waiting for more data.

Finally, the current business model assumes that no matter what is done to establish and run a project, species living in the project area will “adapt”. This assumption is ecologically incorrect. Every organism has finite energy, and its efforts to withstand new conditions may leave it with insufficient energy to successfully carry out critical functions. I believe that business must adopt a new paradigm: accommodate rather than override the needs and preferences of other species. We must share habitat and resources and not assume they are ours for the taking. In the recommendations below, #2a provides some details.

1--Do not twin the pipeline. The age of fossil fuel use is ending. Companies should be putting more money and effort into developing truly benign renewable energy sources. An oil spill is highly probable, given the acknowledged navigation difficulties in the routes the tankers would have to take and the sheer number of vessels under way, and its effects would be catastrophic. Twinning the pipeline is absolutely not worth the risk to coastal marine habitat and fauna, nor to fisheries, nor to our tourism industry that brings considerable revenue and jobs to B.C.

2--For already ongoing operations: a--Formulate a flexible and cooperative protocol. KM should work with fishers, fisheries managers, and DFO to develop a shipping pattern that respects migration seasons and diel (day/night) patterns of migrating Pacific herring. Nighttime transits during migration periods of Pacific herring may have to be minimized. Include movement patterns of chinook salmon where appropriate. Consider utilizing PAM (e.g. NEPTUNE and VENUS networks) to determine patterns of shipping noise and the locations and movements of fishes. b—Obey the IMO 2014 recommendations for reducing shipping noise: i: Incorporate vessel quieting technology during refits and new vessel construction. This should be mandatory, and the cost should be borne by the government and the users (the corporations). The use of military quieting technology was also suggested to me a few months ago by my MP, Canadian Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan. ii: Slow down. Decreasing speed decreases noise, all else being equal. Slowing down should apply to in-ballast as well as laden vessels. KM states that the tankers would travel between 12-16 knots, but admits that it “cannot ensure compliance with speed restrictions placed on project-related tanker traffic”. Yet enforcement is critical if noise reduction is to occur. iii: Clean hull, maintain propeller. iv: Insulate ship engines and use resilient mountings for onboard machinery. Modify propeller to minimize cavitation.

NOTES

1--For a detailed description of how fishes respond to noise, including relevant physiology and anatomy of hearing, the history of the study of sound in the sea, and citations for studies up to August 2016, please contact me for a .pdf document, which should be available by Dec. 1. 2—A modified version of this paper was presented to the TMX Panel on 10 Aug. 2016 at the Hilton Metrotown, B.C. 3—Schwarz, AL and GL Greer 1984. Responses of Pacific herring (Clupea harengus pallasi) to some underwater sounds. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 41(8): 1183-1192. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/f84-140

VancouverBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
DellaGlendenning

DOES POWER WANT TO HEAR TRUTH?
Permits for the Site C dam: flooding aboriginal territory and destroying fertile agricultural land....

Approval of northern B.C.'s LNG pipeline: fouling great quantities of water through fracking, releasing mega amount of carbon, possibly causing earthquakes and threatening salmon stocks....

And next you want to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline for oil we do not need: further poisoning the northern Alberta rivers by expanding the tar sands: risking the lives of people on Burnaby Mountain with chemically-poisoned air or fire from a crowded tank farm, and destroying Burrard Inlet and all the waters and sea life off our B.C. coast with an oil spill that WILL eventually happen.

Mr. Prime Minister, all this for resources that must be eliminated to ensure a liveable environment. It's a simple choice - invest in renewables. The elephant in the room is getting bigger - CLIMATE CHANGE!

Burnaby,British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JeffKuypers

I attended a BROKE meeting the evening of Sept. 28th in Burnaby and was overwhelmed by the level of knowledge, compassion and emotions around the KM Pipeline proposal. The speakers were able to communicate the lack of emergency response preparedness, the faults in the NEB process, the real risk to the lower mainland in the event of a spill, the disconnect between this proposal and the Federal Governments climate change targets and the lack of a valid business case for the pipeline. All this being said, my biggest take away was the lack of community permission for the project.

Approving this pipeline would go against the Cities of Burnaby and Vancouver wishes and more importantly, against the majority of members of our community.

Please reject this proposal.

Thank you,

Jeff Kuypers

3235 West 13th AveBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RichardSchoon

Our Prime Minister must not allow the kinder Morgan expansion to go ahead. The NEB hearing have been an illegitimate exersise . The prime minister and our government may not endanger the lives of the citizens of the lower mainland by allowing the oil tanks and large tanker to enter Burnaby . I do not give my permission !
To our government officials in Ottawa I ask you to look forward to the future of our children and promot renewables not old dirty fossil industries .

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MeghanVestad

Dear Justin Trudeau,

Please do not take action and follow through with the approval of this pipeline. Not only is this catastrophic for the Great Bear Rainforest, our coast, and our climate, it goes against the approval of First Nations people, as well as the health and integrity of our environment.

It is impossible to guarantee no spills, leaks, or damage to our ecosystems with a pipeline, and Kinder Morgan has already had four major leaks in the Fraser Valley ALONE.

Oil is not a renewable resource - we need to put this money into creating energy that can be renewed, otherwise we will all be contributing to the downfall of our climate and furthermore, our beloved environment.

Please. Do not approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
LindaLoth

While I do not live in BC, I have family in Burnaby who, along with the City, are extremely concerned about the proposed tank farm expansion. But concerns about this project are not limited to those who might be directly impacted by a spill or leak. This project flies in the face of efforts to move toward green energy projects. Despite the lauded carbon tax, this project will make it impossible for Canada to reach its climate change goals. This project has never gained social licence and should not be approved. I am very disappointed in this government's broken promise.

LunenburgNova ScotiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
HollPerkins

As a resident of Burnaby and student at the Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University, I am very concerned about the flawed NEB process and likely approval of the KM Trans Mountain expansion. The Burnaby Fire Department has raised concerns in case of fire or boil over that they will be unable to access the SFU campus from the one available road. Putting at risk the lives of so many elementary school children on and off the mountain as well as adult students, residents and staff is completely irresponsible. The Burnaby community does NOT support the TM expansion; mayor Corrigan has been a strong leader in opposing it on behalf of the Burnaby community. KM does not have a spill or leak clean-up plan and will not divulge any response or evacuation plans to the Burnaby Fire Department. Again, this is completely irresponsible and incredible that this is acceptable to the Federal Government and NEB. KM is apparently only responsible for covering up to $1.3 billion in clean-up costs while a spill or leak could cost TRILLIONS. Citizens should not be responsible for paying for the clean-up of private industry negligence and especially not for a project that we vehemently oppose. WE, THE BURNABY COMMUNITY, DO NOT GRANT PERMISSION FOR THE KM TM expansion. Did you mean it when you said that "governments grant permits; communities grant permission"? Where is your integrity?

burnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Peter Cech

The federal government cannot meet climate change commitments and approve new infrastructure for the fossil fuel industry. The time to start shifting us to renewable energy is now. Additionally, should the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion between the tar sands and Burnaby proceed, the product carried to the coast will change to bitumen instead of semi-refined crude. The Chevron refinery here in Burnaby cannot process bitumen which means that it will either shut down with the loss of about 200 well-paying jobs or they will have to transport semi-refined oil to the site with trucks and rail - both of which come with their own risks of spills and accidents. I'm calling on the Trudeau Liberals to keep their promises re consultations with our First Nations as well as the right of communities to grant or deny such projects. As the Minister of Youth, our Prime Minister needs to set an example - a good one.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
CynthiaSanderson

I am thoroughly opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and hope that you come to your senses before it's to late.
You are becoming as bad as Harper.

717 Broadview Ave. #303OntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
TjSchoon

I oppose the KinderMogan LNG project and Its related tank farm installation in Burnaby. The time has passed when we should allow such developments to happen in urban centres

LunenburgNova ScotiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ArthurKrumins

We need to focus on green energy, not more support for fossil fuels!

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ClaireAllen

Hello,

The past week has left me very concerned regarding Canada's commitment to decreasing the impacts of climate change. This week we passed 400 ppm CO2 and at the same time we have made decisions that will keep making this worse. In Ontario several wind and solar projects were cancelled under the pretense that Ontario makes green/renewable energy and doesn't need it, Site C dam continues to move forward despite push-back and despite the availability of technology that does not involve damning a river and flood agricultural land, and an LNG project was approved...and now we come to Kinder Morgan. Please make the right decision - the environmental review process is flawed, First Nations do not want this project, and Canada does not need this type of development - we have better solutions that can be developed.

TrentonOntarioNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
BrentSchoon

The world as a whole and Albertas oil Industry. Neither would benefit from increased capacity, this extra pipeline would bring. The worlds climate is demanding a wind down in fossil fuel extraction. Albertas Oil industry needs to face this fact. Allow the current capacity to maintain an interm industry between fossil and renewable. Restrict truck and train transport to increase safety and further restrict capacity.

Your children and everyone else's will thank you, for your bold action, to halt Kinder Morgan's plan.

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Andrea Gibb

This pipeline will destroy our coast. Orcas, salmon, dolphins. The great bear rain forest. Surely it can not be worth it.

Our children will call us the generation of greed and corruption. They will find amazing technology, amazing alternatives to oil. And they will say it could have been done sooner. That we were lazy. Or corrupt. Or money mongers. They will despise us. Is this our legacy? Really?

At least some day my children will know I tried. That I knew. Please consider doing the same.

Thank you.

34171 FerndaleBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ShamDhari

No Kinder Morgan expansion.

RichmondBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
RobertGardiner

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Dear Prime Minister;

I write to register my very strong opposition to the Kinder - Morgan expansion project. I am a resident of Burnaby and a Canadian citizen profoundly concerned about the accelerating irreparable damage to our planet occasioned partly by our fearful reliance on antique energy sources. Based on your public statements, I believe you share this concern and hope to make Canada a world leader in diminishing the global effects of fossil fuels by developing less dangerous and more sustainable energy sources and systems.

I believe you share the widespread understanding that fossil fuel technologies and systems are on the wrong side of history. While there will be a period of transition to new sources of energy, and Canada - as a nation with substantial fossil fuel resources and infrastructure - must play an important part in producing and exporting the last of the carbon-based fuels, the long-term future of this country and the world doesn't include humans burning coal, gas, or oil. A real vision of the future must, and will, focus on rapid development of the existing alternatives and perhaps inventing others. The jobs of the not-too-distant future won't be in industries that depend on burning carbon. Truly visionary leadership must emphasize creation of new infrastructure and methods of energy production. Canada can provide this kind of visionary leadership, but every Canadian public or private dollar spent to facilitate additional construction of antiquated systems is stolen from the development of the new systems we need; every Canadian dollar spent to support Texas Oil reduces our capacity for real world leadership and effective creative action.

Canadian resources don't only include minerals buried in the ground. Canadian resources include the far more significant ones of tremendous scientific and technical brainpower, crucial ways of understanding our human relationship with the planet developed by indigenous cultures, and engaged civic - minded communities of people who are capable of supporting future-oriented thinking. I urge you to consider that now is the time to take advantage of these resources and begin to steer away from our failed dependence on burning down the earth in order to live comfortably. "Just one more pipeline" surely isn't actually necessary at this point - there are enough pipelines to move the remaining carbon to where it needs to go. A new direction, a turn to the future, is not only necessary but timely and economically sensible in both the short and long term. There are plenty of nations stuck on the wrong side of history relative to continued dependence on fossil fuels. Surely Canada doesn't need to choose be one of those unfortunate friends. Surely Canada has the human resources and the vision to develop better ways of making and delivering energy.

Thank you very much for your attention, and best wishes.

Robert Gardiner

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DaleLabatt

I feel as though the Liberal government has let us down. I feel I have been lied to pre-election. I feel our coastline and land in BC will be jeopardized. I am so disappointed in the Liberal government for not protecting BC. I will not and cannot vote Liberal again in the next election. This is federally and provincially. Christy Clark is on her way out of BC that is for sure!

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Shirley Samples

To Whom It May Concern:
I am totally opposed to this project on so many levels, please include the following as my formal comments.

1. First Nations: The local Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish Nations have clearly stated their opposition. On September 24, 2016, the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish opposition joined the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and other numerous First Nations throughout Canada, U.S.A. and many indigenous tribes. This solidarity is shown by over 55 nations signing the ‘Treaty Alliance Opposing the Tarsands’ representing indigenous people from around the globe.
2. Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into a Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in 408 tankers a year full of bitumen, more than one a day. An increase in oil tanker traffic (currently 70 tankers). One tanker accident would be catastrophic, putting endangered orcas and humpback pods at risk, these species at risk close to extinction. (i.e. Orca Pod AT1 - no calves in 27 years due to Exxon Valdez) All marine life would be devastated and the destruction of our coastline would take generations to recover, if ever. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil. (i.e. Apr 8/14 bunker fuel spill). Georgia Strait Alliance .
3. Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill would harm our land and air. The toxic cloud would cause many human health risks. Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in B.C.’s Lower Mainland alone since 2005. See the CRED report.
4. Climate Change: The proposed Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned — This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change. Visit 350.org .
5. Increased oil exports to China mean fuel price-hikes for us: Pipeline proponents and elected leaders tell us that access to foreign markets secures higher prices for our raw crude and this benefits Canada, but you also need to know that oil producers plan to charge those higher prices on every barrel they produce. Similar to shipping raw logs to China. Visit Robyn Allan’s website .
6. Liability: In the case of a tanker spill, the numbered foreign companies that own the tanker/vessel would be hard to hold responsible to pay for coastal oil cleanup. Once the bitumen leaves the KM pipeline – it is no longer legally the responsibility of KM. The taxpayers of B.C. would be responsible for costs of clean-up. The tankers liability is limited to $1.3 billion, a major spill could easily cost ten times this amount (over $10B with only 5% of bitumen recovered.) We, the people who do not want this risk imposed on our home, would be on the hook for those billions. See the CRED report .
1. http://twnsacredtrust.ca/trans-mountain-assessment-report/
2. https://georgiastrait.org/work/tankers-and-spills/stop-kinder-morgan/
3. http://credbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Trans-Mountain-Risks.pdf
4. http://350.org/about/science/
5. http://www.robynallan.com/2013/11/14/pipelines-and-oil-tankers/
6. http://credbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Trans-Mountain-Risks.pdf
It is a fact that expanding the tarsands, facilitating infrastructure to move the dirtiest of fossil fuels that have a life span of 60 years is NOT the way to curb our reliance on fossil fuels that essentially guarantees a target of 1.5 degrees is just a pipe dream! Prime Minister and other Federal government officials made bold promises in Paris at the U.N. Climate Summit in November, 2015 regarding Canada's carbon emissions targets. We want the government to respect its own promises, to say no to the Kinder Morgan expansion. We demand the return the previous environmental protections removed by Bills 38 and 45 that protected our waterways. The whole N.E.B. hearing process is a travesty and insult to each citizen of B.C. who values their democracy as the whole process is broken, it’s been constantly questioned as regards bias and transparency. An example of this is the fact that over 450 people were refused the right to even submit a Letter of Comment on their views of the impacts of this project, to have their view on their health and environment concerns put on record. I was one of those denied to cross examine Kinder Morgan on their false submissions;

Also, recently the B.C. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Enbridge failure to properly consult with First Nations will have a direct bearing on the process of how Kinder Morgan has failed in this regard as well. These hearings are allowed to proceed even when the new Prime Minister Trudeau and one his major cabinet member said “governments grant permits, communities grant permission. He also promised the whole N.E.B. sham of a process would be restructured, a promise he has broken.
MY DEMANDS AS A CONCERNED CITIZEN IN ADVOCACY OF MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE AS FOLLOWS:
(1.) the N.E.B. process be overhauled, that consultations with First Nations be a priority in ALL current and future projects before the N.E.B. and their land claims be respected.
(2.) that the Alberta tarsands be shut down as they currently contribute huge amounts of C02 into the atmosphere, if the tarsands are allowed to grow to any extent, the runaway effects of climate change will be unstoppable, leading to a catastrophic loss of life, including our own species. There are many leading scientists in the world that agree with this statement.
(3.) the Provincial and Federal government make real commitments to Green Jobs in a Sustainable Energy Sector, this will be good for our economy, health of workers and guarantee a future for the planet, our children and grand-children.
(4.) the N.E.B. process take into consideration climate change as a priority as most people and creatures on the planet being impacted by these effects are the most vulnerable. We are losing species to extinction at an alarming rate, over 8,500 a year, according to film 'Racing Extinction'.
(5.) the voices of the communities and all people that are affected by the pipeline and tanker traffic be heard and considered, by being allowed to participate fully in the application/review process.
(6.) the annual billion dollar subsidies given to Big Oil by the Federal Gov. be stopped immediately, to be used to fund the interim transition from fossil fuel to alternative sustainable green solutions.
Sincerely,

VancouverBritish ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
RaeHull

The RIght Honourable Justin Trudeau
Dear Prime Minister,

I grew up as an endangered species - a liberal in Alberta - and given the province of my birth, I'm also not opposed to pipelines in principle.

I understand that much of our economic prosperity has depended on resource industries, and our strength as a nation stands on a core value that we are greater than the sum of our parts.

I am, however, deeply opposed to bad decisions made for the sake of political expediency and short-term priorities. I have come to the conclusion that a 'yes' decision for the Kinder Morgan pipeline is exactly that.

When I moved to Burnaby a few years ago, I had no position at all on the proposed pipeline. I was even a little wary of the NIMBY factor, and when I began to pay attention - it wasn't the opposition of leaders such the Mayor of Vancouver or Burnaby, or that of environmental organizations - that made me stop and consider.

Attending a few information sessions, it was the families - busy parents with little time to spare - seniors, representatives of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and other First Nations, firefighters, high school and university students, professors - in short a wide cross-section of our Canadian social fabric - that led me to study the issue in greater detail.

Mr. Prime Minister, I look to you and your cabinet to say no to a decision that would have children attending school a short distance from a tank farm doubling in size, with tanks squeezed so close to each other that fire safety experts have warned of catastrophic danger.
Such proximity to dense urban centres would never be approved for a new pipeline - expanding the existing pipeline significantly increases those health and safety risks.

I look to you to say no to a pipeline that will drive up the numbers and size of vessels dangerously navigating one of Canada's most economically important, environmentally sensitive and naturally beautiful marine shorelines.

Say no to a pipeline that flies in the face of the exemplary land and water stewardship exhibited by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

And if you can't say no for any of these principled reasons - say no because the economics of this pipeline simply don't stand up - and viewing them through the distorted lens of the National Energy Board will not change that reality.

Say no because you're better than the NEB decision you'll have to stand on if you say yes.

We may still need pipelines in this country - but surely you don't want to stake the future of your government, and the lives of Canadian citizens on a pipeline proposal as flawed as this one.

With thanks for your consideration,

Rae Hull

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AndreFerrigno

My family all wants a better future for our grandkids and beyond... We all know that the only way for this is for a clean Green Energy Revolution !! No to all fossil fuels in any form !!! Renewables ONLY !!!

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ChristianTatonetti

One spill in Vancouver could cause the evacuation of the whole city if a tanker was to blow up in flames, on top of the dilbit that would sink at the bottom of the sea which would turn that whole area into a disaster zone and stock pumping share holders who tell everyone to let that pipe through would not have to pay a dime because corporations are designed to screw people without risking liability.

Salt Spring IslandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AnnieLi

As a Burnaby resident, I strongly object to the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project. Think about it, the existing pipelines were built 53 years ago. At that time, the Burnaby mountain area was not populated. Today, we have many residential houses, schools and university in the area. The safety of Burnaby citizens cannot be compromised. Kinder Morgan has not released any evacuation plan. I do not feel safe.

Logically, Kinder Morgan should move the tank farm and pipelines to a remote, not populated area.

I do not give permission to this Kinder Morgan Expansion Project.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
tomwright

i am vehemently opposed to all pipeline & in particular any kinder morgan, trans mountain pipeline expansion.
i have lived in vancouver & burnaby my whole life. as oil & petroleum stocks are dropping & the viability of such is waning i strongly suggest alternative sources like solar.
keep your election promises.
picture a pipeline through your house & neigbourhood mr. trudea; and i don't meant the current abode that you are living in rent free. although we could picture that too. now imagine a leak &/or explosion & fire right where your children are playing, walking, going to school & friends' house.
sleep on that.
regards,
love & light
mr. !tom wright
tyg&a

burnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JuliaCotnoir

We do not need more infrastructure for fossil fuels! Wind, solar and geothermal is where we should be investing our money! Our rivers, forests and oceans are being sacrificed for the greed of the oil and gas industry and it must STOP! The vast majority of British Columbians are opposed to the Kinder Morgan project, and to the risk it poses for spills in our wilderness and water ways. Please hear our voices and help us protect our environment and take action against climate change!

Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
AlisonBird

This proposal is foolish and the benefit cost ratio for British Columbians reflects that. This will bring more tankers to the Port of Vancouver.

Also how about them climate targets eh? The ones we agreed to in Paris? I mean sacrificing our children's future for something that will ultimately give us so little seems kind of dumb. Then again considering that both the federal government and provincial government approved that lng project despite all of the opposition doesn't make this one seem anymore promising.

Grow a goddamn backbone and stop bowing down to shitty fossil fuel companies.

SurreyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Sabra Woodworth

1. I have lived in the Vancouver area most of my life, and its world-renowned riches of spectacular supernatural landscapes -- home to so much iconic Canadian wildlife – are of such wondrous natural beauty that its citizens wish to protect it from the oil-fouling risks blatantly evident in the track-record of a company like Kinder Morgan.

2. The expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline would result in an additional 590,000 barrels of tar sands oil travelling through the extensive Vancouver, Georgia Strait, Gulf Island, and Victoria area waterways each day, with a sevenfold increase in annual tanker traffic in our fragile waters. The marine traffic at present taxes the area’s ecosystems and already harms sensitive marine wildlife.

3. If approved, the project would also involve the construction of 14 new oil storage tanks on Burnaby Mountain, and a new dock complex at Westridge terminal capable of accommodating three Aframax tankers.

4. One tanker accident could have catastrophic impacts on salmon, killer whales, eagles, bears, and other marine and land wildlife, and cause devastating losses to the coastal economy. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil or diluted tar sands bitumen on the West Coast.

5. For you in the Ottawa / Hull area, that's equivalent to putting a massive refinery near Westboro and risking one sole spill from at least 400 tankers a year carrying the dirtiest oil on Earth up and down the Ottawa River. I am certain the view from the Parliament Buildings of tankers on the river waiting to load up with bitumen soon to ply their way to Montreal is not what residents in the capital would choose as their priority for economic development for the next half century.

6. I have listened to at least ten testimonies from the NEB hearings from mayors of municipalities bordering Burrard Inlet (including my municipality of North Vancouver), from First Nations groups, from individual interveners, and most especially Elizabeth May’s testimony.

7. I am astounded how much testimony the NEB rejects as not credible, especially the prospect of a major oil spill.

8. I am astounded that the NEB purports to approve the pipeline expansion when the hearings presented them with so many overwhelmingly sound reasons why the project was not in the public interest.

9. However, it becomes abundantly clear that the NEB’s processes and approval are consistent with the fact that the National Energy Board is not (a) “independent” as it is so often referred to, nor at all possible to be (b) in the the public interest:

a. Because the National Energy Board is 90% funded by oil interests, it is designed primarily to serve those interests, NOT the public interest.

"Incredibly, Canadian taxpayers no longer even pay the board's bills. Thanks to a 1991 financial funding change, the NEB now gets 90 per cent of its money from industry levies from about 160 companies. (In 2009, industry levies accounted for $52-million of the board's $60-million budget). Not even the defunct MMS was that cozy; it got but 50 per cent of its funding from industry.

What that means, says Core, is that essentially four powerful pipeline companies (Enbridge, TransCanada, Spectra and Kinder Morgan) now account for most of the board's budget. CAEPLA asks a basic question: how can an agency regulate pipelines in the pubic interest when it is 90 per cent funded by private industry?" http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/06/17/NEB/

10. There is NO WAY "only communities can grant permission" under these circumstances where there is no actual representation of communities.

11. The so-called “independent” NEB has not always had a mandate to protect the environment: giving this mandate to this oil-industry-centered organization is like giving the tobacco industry a mandate to monitor the health of smokers. The processes for fulfilling such contradictory mandates in either case would logically result in the industries simply rubber stamping whatever benefits the industry with no real concern for the added mandates. And so it is with the misnamed National Energy Board. It is no such thing, as numerous experts have testified.

12. Until we have a true National Energy Board that is concerned with a) the amount of wasted energy across Canada (i.e. lighting in buildings all night long; single use plastic throw-aways etc) and b) serious and dedicated support for the future of wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal power in all Canadian communities, I view the entire present process for green-lighting fossil fuel projects entirely unjustified and unviable.

North Vancouver British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ThomasChan

In the case of the proposed Kinder Morgan - Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, raw diluted bitumen (dilbit) will be eventually shipped exclusively to export on minimally insured, foreign offshore flag-of-convenience registered Aframax tankers. At an ongoing rate of over 400 per year -- more than one per day -- for approximately 25 years, they each will be carrying as much as 108 million litres of an unrecoverable (see particulars of the 2010 Kalamazoo River - Enbridge Line 6B dilbit pipeline spill for details) highly toxic, volatile petroleum product that naturally has the consistency and adhesive characteristics of roofing tar (i.e. asphalt, of which bitumen actually is) once spilled and weathered, particularly in sediment-infused waters such as those found along B.C. coasts. They all will eventually traverse through the ecologically critical Salish Sea, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca and southern Vancouver Island, overseas to low-cost, highly-polluting, minimally-regulated Asian refining plants.

In course, if a major tanker spill incident were to occur -- most likely by means of human error, despite technical and/or regulatory safeguards -- such as in the case of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off the southern coast of Alaska, fouling over 2000 km of coastline (involving the spill of about 38 million litres of CONVENTIONAL crude oil), eventually sunken, viscous, adhesive-consistency weathered DILBIT will be distributed along the entire length of the spill, which will be carried beneath the water surface -- as such unrecoverable -- within the water column by waves and tides, as far as physically capable, and most likely under storm weather conditions.

It was claimed by Exxon and other oil industry proponents at the time of the Exxon Valdez spill that such tanker incidents were technically impossible, given the ships' integral advanced radar systems and the familiarity of the routes to pilots along the Alaskan coast. However, the incident did indeed occur, apparently due to unforeseen circumstances and corporate maintenance budget cutbacks, including unusual ice floe activity and an improperly maintained Raytheon Collision Avoidance System (RAYCAS) radar -- which had been disabled for well over a year -- and of which the Exxon Shipping Company had been fully aware. This was in addition to untrained secondary staff who were in control of the ship when it ran aground, while the commander was sleeping off a night of heavy drinking.

To this day, more than 25 years later, much of the conventional crude oil that was spilled can still be found on shore, inches below grade, embedded amongst sand and layers of rock.

Of note, EPA directors and clean-up crew members on the ground during the Kalamazoo River Enbridge Line 6B pipeline spill have attested to the inability of pressure-washers to remove deposited spilled bitumen from rock surfaces, sunken deposits of which required 4 years of removal from the riverbed by means of considerable mechanical dredging and vacuum equipment manned by divers at the cost of over $3.0 billion USD (including clean-up, fines, requisite studies, and replacement of infrastructure).

In our case of potential catastrophic harm to the environment, despite the projected low probability of incidence, it would require only a SINGLE major incident to destroy much of the B.C. coastline for an indeterminate period of time, along with the inestimable intrinsic and economic harm that would entail.

The extreme degree of potential harm does not allow people of knowledge and conscience to permit such catastrophic incidences to occur. One should ask those responsible for the regulation, implementation, and management of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant facilities and the BP - Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast deep-sea oil drill rig as to how they had compromised in allowing their respective avoidable global-scale disasters to develop and ultimately occur.

It is apparent that in these cases, under the cold premise of decision theory, that the low-probability worst-case scenarios were ignored for the sake of potential gain, whereas in requisite consideration of the potential extreme catastrophic harm to the greater environment, the precautionary principle should have been applied, and thereby those situations should have been entirely avoided.

Let us not make the same error in the assignment of priorities here.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MarleneMeddings-Smith

Live up to your promises Mr. Prime Minister.

WE, the people, DO NOT want Kinder Morgan in our province and any way shape or form. No! NO! and furthermore NO.

9925 Third Street, Unit 307British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Susan Evans

This is an environmental disaster in the making Blantent disregard for any natural habitant and for any of studies done to show that this is nothing more than a push for economic supposed gain all this is outdated and efforts need to be made for different alternatives Christy Clark needs to be replaced with someone who has BC and all its glory first and foremost valued I have noticed her dawning of First Nation designs in her clothing that in itself is an affront to any First Nation she has become a puppet more visible now for corporate greed and gain. It's all like a very bad Japanese horror movie to see what the interior of our beautiful province looks like now with all the fracking wanting to flood the most pristine agricultural land for energy required to support her vision it's apauling there is no support for any of these pipelines tankers dames any of this here it's beyond disturbing

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ZoeGraham

If you can't find better ways to fix our economy than you are not a very good government. This project will devastate indigenous communities and their traditional lifestyle, destroy fundamental ecosystems and habitat while contributing to the growing increase in emissions. I voted liberal because the platform stated NO to this project. What am I supposed to think now? Bad government.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ronhawkins

Dear Mr. Trudeau,

Reject the Kindermorgan Pipeline. Reasons?

- should there be a major fire at the Burnaby tank farm a large no. of residents would have no means of escape.

- Indians: have consistently resisted development of the pipeline for environmental impact. SUGGESTION: rather than the people of Canada having to forever live with unmitigable damages and pay for possible rehabilitation measures ( to original condition including losses), rather than the public assuming this risk, require the proponent to post a BOND, in the multi-billions of dollars, thereby assuring these costs are born by the developer and WILL be paid in an expedient manner, and in a long term manner as slower impacts later may manifest themselves, and can be proven to be impacts including alle costs of ligitation paid for by the proponent.

-Climate: less carbon consumption, not more is needed to reverse
350-400 ppm current atmospheric levels. Less supply, dampens consumption, provides incentive of more cost -effective energy and energy efficiency measures, and discourages growth, ---the insatiable hook capitalism assumes for its viability. Perpetual growth in a fixed, finite planet/natural environment is a total OXYMORON.
Curb population growth world wide, reverse growth of consumption and development slowly which drives it, ...learn to live within system limits, before such limits give us a stronger demonstration of their message and the reality of which we are a part.

Thank you.

Ron Hawkins
Salt Spring Island, BC

salt spring islandBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
SharonGraham

As a BC resident & tax payer, I oppose this pipeline project & certainly the project planned for the Saanich Inlet.

SidneyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MaxineKaufman-Lacusta

I feel privileged to live at the foot of beautiful Burnaby Mountain. Here in Burnaby, and in BC as a whole, we are surrounded by natural beauty. Yet Kinder Morgan's planned expansion of pipeline and storage facilities threaten to put all this at risk. I needn't repeat all the statistics; I'm sure you've heard them many times. I just hope and pray that you are listening to what your constituents are saying and that Cabinet will decide not to allow this potential disaster to go forward.
This community does NOT grant permission for this pipeline, expanded tank farm, or associated tankers!

Thanks,
Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta

3013 Aries PlaceBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
MaitreyiSalmon

This project has no place in a post carbon world.

DeltaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
DianaPartucci

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

Please read about the risks posed by this project!

I've been living and working in Vancouver for 20 years, and I love the nature and the animals here.
I've also lived and worked in Ottawa for 7 years as well as in Montreal for 6 months.

Hope you make the right decision regarding this project as I understand your position as a Prime Minister as I also understand the Canadian oil has to go somewhere but please DO NOT give permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline!

Let's keep the beautiful nature and animals be in this country!

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JayCummins

To whom it may concern,

Hundreds of millions of people live on the Salish Sea and rely on the ecosystem for their livelihoods. The unique and intact coastline here brings visitors from around the world, which is critical to the economies of cities and communities all along the coast, stretching from Seattle, WA up to Haida Gwaii.

Placing a pipeline with tanker traffic right through the heart of this sensitive eco-system is madness. A spill could drive multiple keystone species to extinction which would wreak havoc on the local environment and directly effect multiple industries here.

We cannot afford another oil spill here and will fight tooth and nail to prevent it from happening. Please reject this pipeline and let's join the rest of the world in pursuing renewables, before we get left behind.

Jay Cummins.
Engineer, Carbon Accountant.

VictoriaBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
REnee Bucciarelli

I vehemently oppose the building of this pipeline which will inevitably endanger our communities and wildlife. Level with Canadians--we are willing to make sacrifices for the future. Invest in cleaner energy!

New WestminsterBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
  

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ISarama

Re: Kinder Morgan- The consequences of approval.

Dear MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones,

I have heard that Prime Minister Trudeau and the cabinet are likely to make a decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion this coming Tuesday, November 29th.

Given the extremely grave nature of this major decision, I need to ask you a few direct questions.

Are you aware that there is absolutely no way, I repeat, ABSOLUTELY NO WAY, for Tar Sands heavy oil- diluted bitumen to be "cleaned up" in the event of a spill? This is a scientific fact, not a point of debate, yet the NEB hearings refused to hear evidence on this key point.

Are you aware that this expansion proposal means a 700% increase in tanker traffic, out of the Kinder Morgan terminal, with a greatly increased risk of serious heavy oil toxic spills and severe degradation to the Salish Sea, which is one of the most biologically diverse and rich eco-systems on the entire planet?

Are you aware that increasing Kinder Morgan's toxic heavy oil storage depot on Burnaby Mountain from 1.7 million barrels to over 5 million barrels, directly jeopardizes the health and safety of tens of thousands of local residents, and that there is no effective way to fight a fire at that storage facility, and that this depot is at extreme risk from any imminent large seismic event?

Are you aware of the serious risk of a collision of a 120,000 tonne Aframax oil tanker, whilst leaving the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burrard Inlet, impacting the CN rail bridge at the Second Narrows, and what that collision will mean in regards to destruction of critical transportation infrastructure, public health, the marine environment, and the devastating impact on the regional and national economy?

Are you aware that this expansion proposal is being done on the unceded traditional territory of the local First Nations, and that the Tsleil-Wautuh First Nation, in particular, is legally challenging the validity of this proposal, on the grounds that they were not properly consulted and that they have not given their consent for it?

Are you aware that highly respected elders of the Tsleil-Waututh first nation, and others, such as Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, have already been arrested by the RCMP, while opposing Kinder Morgan's expansion plans?

Have you been following the violent suppression against unarmed civilians and indigenous peoples, by militarized police at the North Dakota access pipeline, at Standing Rock, in the U.S.?

Are you aware that IF Prime Minister Trudeau approves the Kinder Morgan expansion, against the strongly worded opposition of local communities here in the Lower Mainland, including in your own riding, as well as the total opposition from the Squamish, the Tsleil-Waututh, and the Musqueam First Nations; that this would mean that your government "will have given approval, but our communities have not given permission"? This refers directly to a pre-election statement by Mr. Trudeau, that "governments may give approval, but only communities can give permission."

Are you aware that IF approval by your government is given, there is every likelihood that your government will be responsible for a "Standing Rock scenario" unfolding right here? Please take a few minutes to think about what, exactly, that really means. Tear gas. Rubber bullets. Water cannon. Mace. Violent arrests of peaceful citizens and indigenous peoples who are simply protecting their health, their homeland, and the futures of their children. Arrests and imprisonment of otherwise peaceful law-abiding people is a certainty. Serious injuries are likely, and deaths are a possibility, at the hands of law officers enforcing an unethical rule of law which will have been made by your government, IF approval is given. All of these potential serious violations are entirely avoidable, by saying NO to Kinder Morgan.

In the course of working on my film, I spent nine days documenting concerned citizens and indigenous people protecting Burnaby Mountain, in November, 2014, against Kinder Morgan. The City of Burnaby and the local First Nations were adamantly opposed to Kinder Morgan's activities. More than one hundred arrests were made; some of those arrests used violence and excessive force by heavily armed law officers. The costs to taxpayers were thought to exceed one million dollars. I witnessed these events personally, and I have the documentation to prove this. Yet that situation is as nothing compared to the actions that are likely to unfold, IF approval is given by your government.

Are you aware that expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline means an additional carbon footprint of one and fifty million tonnes of C02 annually? Are you mindful of the fact that this constitutes a climate crime, a crime against humanity and against future generations?

Are you mindful of the fact that this pipeline expansion will mean an expansion of the vast toxicity that is unfolding at the Tar Sands mines in the Athabasca region?

Are you aware of the rare cancers that the indigenous peoples are dying of at Fort Chipewyan, and that they refer to Lake Athabasca, downstream from the Tars Sands mines, as the "biggest tailings pond in the world," and that the fish from that lake are being found with tumours and are now avoided as food, and that the moose are being found with cancerous growths in their organs?

Are you aware that the resident orcas here are already in danger of extinction? Even the NEB panel found that this pipeline expansion would put the orcas at highly increased risk. Essentially, what this approval means, is putting the final nail in that coffin.

In my communication with you in the past, and by watching the way in which you have handled community issues, I can see that you have tried to have a balanced and neutral stance, taking into account the various voices in the community, and, as best as you can, to represent those different voices. However, this is an extremely serious issue, and it is NOT one of those situations in which you will be allowed to pursue that neutral policy. If you do not make a strong public statement against approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, you will effectively be seen to have given your approval, and for all practical, political purposes, this perception will indeed be the truth.

If you make a strong public statement disapproving of this reckless pipeline expansion plan, prior to Prime Minister Trudeau's decision, you will find that the public will strongly support you. However, if you do not, and continue a policy of supposed neutrality, they will not only not support you; they will work against you.

Remember, we elected you, and your job is to represent our best interests- that is your first and foremost duty, not to corporate interests, and not to cabinet solidarity, but to your community.

This may likely be one of the single most important decisions of your political career, and it will leave a legacy that will endure well past all of our lifetimes.

I hope that, after examining your conscience, and thinking about the legacy that you and your government wish to leave for your community and future generations, you will find the strength and wisdom to make the right decision- one that you will never regret.

Sincerely yours,
Sarama
Gibsons, B.C.
www.livingsalishsea.ca

GibsonsBritish ColumbiaYes - But I was downgraded from intervenor to commenter
ColinWong

The Liberal government made a promise on behalf of the country on an international stage regarding its stance on climate change.

Approving the Kinder Morgan expansion will not only simply break that promise, but also reflect the true position on the values that the Liberal government and Canada says it has.

The values of both the environment and the economy can be achieved without compromise, and the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the increase of supertankers, in one of the most developed cities in Canada, to ship unrefined bitumen to other nation states is not a way to achieve those values.

We have already been let down with the approval of the LNG pipeline in northern British Columbia, please don't let us be let down a second time.

I apologize for the Draconian language, however, a leader and a party who egregiously disregards a nation's supposed stance, position, values and promises, and soon with the possibility of doing so twice, will not deserve a second term to attempt to contribute in running the beautiful country of Canada twice.

Stand by your word.

BurnabyBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
Susan Paynter

The kinder Morgan pipeline is a huge mistake. Firstly, that 60 yr. old existing pipeline will have to be totally replaced if the modern environmental rules were applied, it will have to be doubled, one for dilbit, one for the toxic dilutant that project in itself will be a huge environmental concern to many people. Seventeen First Nations are against it and we need, as a country, to start living up to our promises of First Nations issues. However, once this pipeline it gets to the coast that's where the "real" disaster comes in. Huge ships will have to travel through the port of our largest city, through 2 bridges with currents and they cannot even "do" that full because of depth, the tides, maritime rules etc. How do these issues even get accepted by the port authority? They are planning the transit of a ship every day of the year, as a boater we wouldn't even be allowed to transit those areas during certain tides, daylight restrictions, through ferry routes etc. so why are we considering allowing huge tankers to travel in those confined areas? The world class response team, a joke, no one even knows how to clean up dilbit! The owner of the clean up crew is a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, why isn't that a huge conflict of interest? The science for clean up is non existent! As for the owners of the tankers plying our precious Salish sea through many gulf islands, also with huge currents, an area filled with wildlife and the source of many, many Eco tourist industries, that is a very real source of concern. We do not have a clue who owns these ships, what standards of environmental protection they have and who will pay for a unsuccessful "clean up" when the inevitable accident occurs. This issue has NEVER been addressed, we have talked a lot about Kinder Morgan's bad reputation of their pipelines, the spills, leaks and ruptures but no one has ever mentioned who will own the tankers. That's where a absolutely huge concern lies. This project is huge, huge mistake, refine this dirty oil in Alberta, do not distroy the only pristine coastline we have left in Canada. The war against this project has just begun! Susan Paynter

Salt Spring island British ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
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SumbeSouth CarolinaNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
DianaPartucci

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Please reject the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project. Let's all enjoy the beauty of our Canadian rivers and lakes. Let the fish and other animals enjoy clear waters.

Kind Regards,

VancouverBritish ColumbiaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
KarrenSmith

RE THINK Pipeline expansion.

VancouverBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
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TafraoutAlabamaYes - I was allowed to provide written input
CelesteMusseau

Please do not go ahead with this project. The employment prospects that this project offers are only short term and the environmental risks are simply too great. Imagine yourself being a sea creature covered in oil, dying in an oil spill, or even now without the pipeline, suffocating in our polluted oceans. It is only when it is too late that you may realize that you have made the wrong decision..so please do not make this decision. I am not a person who makes much money at all but I would rather be poor than live in a world in which I can't swim in the ocean or breathe the air.There will be no point in having lots of jobs in the future if we destroy our earth so much that it becomes inhabitable.

AbbotsfordBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
ChrisThompson

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,
Don’t jog around Stanley Park smiling for photo-ops while you are planning to destroy this environment. BC residents will not be bullied by Kinder Morgan or the Alberta Premier. Don’t confuse our welcoming open-minded and environmental-loving approach with that of weakness. I have lived in Quebec and Ontario but have made BC home for almost 30 years. LISTEN TO THIS COMMUNITY! WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE.AND TANKER PROJECT.

CoquitlamBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
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BodenNew HampshireNo - I was rejected when I applied to comment
JillVan Cleve

Even an American can and will oppose NOT JUST THIS PIPELINE but any and everything that threatens any form of [esp. mammalian] species threatened with extinction by mere profit-seekers..
DON't RISK IT!
Homo [not always] sapiens can, yes, destroy other living creatures--but it cannot create them [yet].

How can one species dare think it has the RIGHT to [risk] extermination of another, just because it has the means to do so?

San DiegoCaliforniaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB
JenniferElsey

Jennifer Elsey
We do not grant permission for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. We stand strongly against it and will continue to do so,

Gabriola IsBritish ColumbiaNo - I did not apply to comment through the NEB