Letters to the Editor

Langley Township council needs to take part in NEB pipeline hearings

Editor: I am writing to you regarding a very sincere and legitimate concern regarding a decision that will decide the fate of our community for generations to come. Langley Township council will be voting next Monday regarding whether to participate in the National Energy Board process, on the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. This process was recently greatly altered, and it is much more difficult to take part in.

This process is created to give directly affected citizens and communities a voice at the table when deciding routing, ecological impact, economic benefits and other factors regarding energy projects. The project on the table is Kinder Morgan’s plan to build a new pipeline along the existing Trans Mountain route, to ship bitumen from Alberta.

To not participate in this process would be neglectful. Kinder Morgan’s 15,000-page submission is a tome that holds all the information regarding a project that can and will have a large impact on B.C.

I am not anti-development and I understand the role energy and the business of it plays within the Canadian economy. However, I do not feel that because there are some perks on the table that we should turn a blind eye to this development.

As stewards of this land, it is our duty to ensure its continued usefulness and prosperity is not tarnished by poor planning and short-sightedness. This is why it is vital that our council be the community’s voice in this process.

I strongly urge concerned community members, small business owners and affected land owners to reach out to members of council this week and make them aware of how important having a voice is. Our forefathers fought for our rights and it is up to us to make sure we do our part to ensure those rights for generations to come.

 

Byron Smith,

Langley

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