City of Vancouver says Kinder Morgan skirting questions about Trans Mountain

VANCOUVER - The city of Vancouver says Kinder Morgan has failed to answer many of the questions put to the company about its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline.

As part of the National Energy Board review of the project that would link the Alberta oil sands to Port Metro Vancouver, the company had to respond to more than 10,000 questions submitted by hundreds of groups and individuals granted intervener status for the application before the board.

Under new rules for the regulatory review there is a strict timeline, and the energy board decided not to allow direct oral questioning of company officials, so all questions must be submitted in writing ahead of hearings.

The city of Vancouver submitted 394 questions, but says the Texas-based company did not respond to 145 of them, or, provided inadequate responses on everything from emergency management plans to compensation plans in the event of an oil spill, citing confidentiality concerns.

The city says the responses it did receive made it clear that the company will not cover the costs incurred by Vancouver in responding to any disasters, and it says the responses from Kinder Morgan raise questions on the economic feasibility of the project.

B.C. Green MLA Andrew Weaver has also complained about the responses provided by the company to his 500 questions and filed a motion with the energy board this week asking them to compel full and adequate answers.