Kinder Morgan hopes for conflict resolution in days, not months
After being shot down last week, Kinder Morgan Canada has filed another appeal with the National Energy Board (NEB), asking it to set up a process to resolve disagreements with provincial and municipal levels of government for its Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), currently under construction in the province of BC.
After a bitter 5-year regulatory review process, the company says it "is well aware that reasonable parties can and do disagree" but insists conflicts should be "dealt with fairly, transparently and efficiently." Lawyers for Kinder Morgan argue it is the federal government's responsibility to resolve issues related to permits, licences and certificates required to get the pipeline constructed.
The company would like to see a process that allows all parties to bring their grievances to the NEB, who would determine a path forward in a timely matter, ideally less than three weeks.
Kinder Morgan warns inaction will push TMEP's in service date to September 2020, which would adversely affect shippers that have already committed volumes on the line. The company also hinted more crude volumes will be forced onto rail cars as production out of the oil sands is expected to increase considerably next year.
TMEP presently has an expected in-service date of year-end 2019.
KINDER MORGAN CANADA KINDER MORGAN CANADA FILES REQUEST WITH NEB NOV 14, 2017