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President of Kinder Morgan: “time to build the pipeline”

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Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada, said the debate over the pipeline is over and it's time to build it, adding the CAN$7.4 billion project has undergone the most rigorous environmental review process in the country's history.

"Now is the time to show Canadians and the world that we have had the healthy debate, that we have had a rigorous review, and we will get on to build the project.”

Kinder Morgan has appealed to the NEB, arguing Burnaby in Metro Vancouver is wrongly withholding construction permits for its pipeline after it has been approved by the federal government.

B.C. has approved 66 of about 1200 permits that are required for the Trans Mountain project to proceed.

Anderson said Burnaby, where the pipeline ends, is wrongly withholding construction permits for the project.

"At the end of the day, they can't prevent us from doing our work," Anderson said.

Anderson was in Vancouver addressing the region’s board of trade and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley delivered a keynote address later in the day. Vancouver is one of several stops for Notley who is on a pro-pipeline tour across Canada touting the importance of the energy industry for the overall economy.

Rachel Notley’s visit to Vancouver was marked by crowd of protesters outside the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, where she was speaking, and a conspicuous lack of representation by B.C.’s NDP government in the audience when she spoke to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT).

The Trans Mountain pipeline project is now nine months behind schedule, thanks to delays in getting permits – the City of Burnaby being the biggest foot-dragger.

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