Though the pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to twin may not run through Port Moody, one city councillor still wants the energy company to pay a visit to the community.
Coun. Rick Glumac said as plans get flushed out around the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project, it would be the perfect time to have representatives from the company come and speak to residents.
"We've never yet had an opportunity as a community to talk to Kinder Morgan about this and to ask them questions," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
Earlier this month, Glumac put forward a notice of motion requesting the city set up a town hall-type public meeting with Kinder Morgan sometime in the future.
His motion will be debated by council at the next public meeting. Kinder Morgan is proposing to expand the 1,150-kilometre pipeline to handle a capacity of 890,000 barrels per day.
The new pipeline would stretch 980 kilometres and cost $5.4 billion to build.
The current portion of the line in the Tri-Cities lies in Coquitlam, beginning at Schooner Street near the Fraser River and running through the centre of the city.
Glumac argued the proposed pipeline would add tanker traffic to the inlet, adding that a spill in the inlet would impact Port Moody.
"Even though the pipeline doesn't go through Port Moody, we could be affected by a disaster," he said.
Glumac said he's also hearing from residents who want an opportunity to ask questions of Kinder Morgan.
He said he got the idea to ask for a town hall after learning North Vancouver set one up with the company, scheduled for this month. A spokesperson with Kinder Morgan said the company has responded to similar requests and would likely be open to a meeting with Port Moody.
"We want our residents in surrounding communities to understand what the project is about," the spokesperson said. "We want people to know we're open and transparent."
On Monday, officials from an engineering firm commissioned by the energy company were expected to be in front of Belcarra council to answer questions regarding a seismic report on the potential for an earthquake on Burnaby Mountain. The village invited Kinder Morgan out to the meeting.
Kinder Morgan released details in June of the proposed route for the twinning of the pipeline, which stretches from Edmonton to Burrard Inlet.
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