Residents and businesses in Coquitlam now have a better idea of where a proposed major oil pipeline expansion will take place in the city.
On Thursday, officials with Kinder Morgan's
Trans Mountain Expansion Project released details of the proposed route, or study corridor, for the twinning of the pipeline that stretches from Edmonton to Burrard Inlet in Burnaby.
The proposed route would have the line run east of the Port Mann Bridge through the Fraser River hitting land near United Boulevard.
The line would continue to follow the road west past the Eaglequest Golf complex before meeting up with the Lougheed Highway corridor to Burnaby.
"We're trying to follow existing industrial corridors," said Gary Babich, project lead for Kinder Morgan, who noted the proposed route does not cross any private land.
"We will influence, perhaps, some businesses or industries."
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 original pipeline began operation back in 1953.
The current portion of the line in Coquitlam begins near Schooner Street near the Fraser River, running essentially through the centre of the city.
Babich said the existing line would stay in operation in its current location, adding expansion along the route would be difficult since residential areas surround the line.
He noted major roadways are already utility corridors for things like water and sewer lines.
Though the company said it preferred the above-mentioned route, it has also identified a couple of alternative options if the proposed line won't work for any reason.
One alternative has the line running along an existing railway corridor between United Boulevard and Lougheed right through to Burnaby, or directly along a stretch of Lougheed approximately between Blue Mountain Street and Schoolhouse Street.
The next step in the process is for the expansion project to gather feedback from the public.
Kinder Morgan officials met with stakeholders and city representatives in Coquitlam earlier this week to get their thoughts on the proposed route and what impacts the expansion would have on the community.
The company has asked the various groups to pass on the information to other community groups.
Kinder Morgan has also set up a website to elicit feedback from the general public at transmountain.com/coquitlam.
Babich said the feedback gathered would be included in the project's application to the National Energy Board of Canada, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
Kinder Morgan has put out a set of guidelines or route objectives that include establishing a pipeline corridor within the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline right-of-way where feasible.
If the pipeline cannot be located within or next to the existing right-of-way, the intention is to locate the line adjacent to existing linear development like railways, roads or utilities. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow
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