Who will have a voice in the Kinder Morgan hearings?

Yesterday the National Energy Board (NEB) denied nearly half of those who applied to take part in the upcoming review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion their preferred method of participation.
 
Of the 2,118 applications received, 452 were ‘downgraded’ by the NEB from intervenor to commenter status, and 468 were denied participation altogether. In addition, 400 were granted intervenor status and 798 who requested commenter status were granted it.  You can find out if you were accepted as an intervenor or commenter, or if your application was denied.
 
With this decision from the NEB, hundreds of individuals and groups have now been shut out of the hearings, and denied the chance to officially voice their important concerns about Kinder Morgan’s tar sands pipeline (and the 400+ tankers it would bring through the Georgia Strait each year).
It’s a sad day for democracy in Canada, when nearly a thousand people who stepped up to take part in a complex regulatory process to have their say about a project of national significance are shut out of the hearings.
 
Georgia Strait Alliance has been granted permission by the NEB to fully participate in the hearings as an intervenor, and we will do our best to use this as an opportunity to represent the voices of those who have been excluded.
 
For those who have been accepted as commenters or intervenors, yesterday’s announcement also came with some important information about timelines and advice on how to participate. Here are a few highlights:
 
·         NEB workshops for commenters & intervenors begin next week and run throughout the process
·         Submitting requests for information to Kinder Morgan begins May 2014
·         Commenters can file one letter, and must do so by September 9, 2014
·         Intervenors can provide written evidence, ask questions, present written and oral argument
·         Oral hearings by intervenors will take place in February 2015 (location and exact date not yet announced)
·         NEB must complete its review by July 2, 2015
 
UPDATE (April 21, 2014): The City of Burnaby has prepared a very comprehensive information package to help intervenors navigate the process, and will also be holding their own workshops.

We’ll keep posting more information about the hearing process – and equally important actions you can take outside the process – in the weeks to come, so stay tuned for updates!

2 thoughts on “Who will have a voice in the Kinder Morgan hearings?

  1. Hi Alexandra — I applied for and was granted commentor status, so I'll be writing a letter about noise pollution from shipping and how it affects fishes (e.g. spawning herring, on which many other species depend seasonally). I haven't gotten any information about the workshops but would like to. Can you suggest a contact? Thanks!

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