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Burnaby seeks appeal over tree cutting permits for Trans Mountain

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The city of Burnaby wants to appeal an NEB decision that exempts Kinder Morgan from local land and tree clearance bylaws as it builds the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

A decision by the NEB last December overruled two sections of the bylaw, which would have required Trans Mountain to have preliminary plans and clearing permits.

Burnaby is seeking leave to appeal in the Federal Court of Appeal.

The city argues in a news release that the company should be required to comply with all municipal bylaws, despite its argument they were unconstitutional because they conflicted with approval from the federal government and the National Energy Board Act.

B.C. is locked in a dispute with Alberta and the federal government over Trans Mountain after Premier John Horgan’s government announced it wants to limit shipments of diluted bitumen from the west coast.

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