Langley Township needs to be part of National Energy Board process
Editor: I have sent the following letter to members of Langley Township council:
I am requesting that Township council participate in the National Energy Board process to advocate for Township of Langley residents and taxpayers. The NEB is holding hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan bitumen pipeline, which will run through the Salmon River and cross Yorkson Creek north of 98 Avenue.
The Township needs to hear from more members of the community and community groups on this matter, and participate in the NEB process. Kinder Morgan has done an impressive public relations campaign, but as a resident with local environmental concerns, the Kinder Morgan PR campaign is overwhelming from my individual perspective.
As one example, having time and capability to review a 15,000-page Kinder Morgan document and how this document will relate to my immediate surrounding community, is more than an undertaking. I tried.
The Township should participate on our behalf, by hiring or appointing qualified staff to participate in the NEB process. I would strongly recommend that the Township send Kinder Morgan the invoice for this cost, and not burden the taxpayers since Kinder Morgan are the ones that introduced this project, and not the people of Langley. This should be the first request to the NEB.
This is perhaps one of the largest capital resource-based projects and undertakings to directly impact Langley in recent years, aside from the Highway 1 works and the Golden Ears Bridge, and the Township should be involved 100 per cent — from the onset to its completion.
When I attended a Kinder Morgan conference back in early June, 2013, there were Township staff present at that meeting. There was considerable dialogue back and forth on several issues ranging from water quality, to road crossings, to safety along railway corridors, to creating bicycle paths and walking trails along the pipeline route, and more.
Kinder Morgan gave the impression there would be consideration or concessions made in this regard, and it is up to the Township pursue these benefits for residents.