Spawning deterrents are used to avoid serious harm to fish during construction. A special mat is placed in the waterway. It prevents fish from spawning in the area and, thus, minimizes mortality to eggs and larvae during construction. Photograph By Pexels
The remarks, in a letter to the National Energy Board (NEB), mark a departure from the company’s long-standing public stance that the project remained on track despite mounting opposition and regulatory hurdles.
If the request isn’t granted “expeditiously,” the lawyer said construction at those crossings could be delayed by a year, potentially impacting
the pipeline project’s in-service date of December 2019.All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. See here for a complete
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In Thursday’s letter, a Kinder Morgan lawyer asked for relief from an order last week that the company stop installing the fish mats – work that the regulator said had “not yet been authorized.”
0 Likes0 CommentsSubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:The NEB sent a letter to Kinder Morgan on Sept. 22, asking the company to halt all
work. (Eight mats were installed in total, with another five remaining. Seven are located in the Valemount/Blue River area, and the other is in Hinton, Alta.)
The company did not say how far beyond the late 2019 date its plan to start shipping oil on the expanded line could be delayed.
The NEB said it was reviewing Kinder Morgan’s letter and that it would “take the time” in doing so to ensure the environment and public safety were protected.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau gets a ‘tongue lashing’ on tax reformsThe fish mats came to light in part due to a blog post by the company, the NEB has said.
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Denstedt said if the NEB doesn’t grant Trans Mountain’s request “expeditiously,” then installations of the mats and corresponding crossing construction could be delayed by a year, potentially impacting when the project is complete.Backed by the energy sector, the project aims to nearly triple the capacity of the existing pipeline from Canada’s oil-rich Alberta to the west coast.
Shawn Denstedt, a lawyer at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt representing Kinder Morgan Canada subsidiary Trans Mountain, said in a letter to the NEB that it needs to be allowed to install mats to deter fish spawning as soon as possible to have them in place before spawning season.Editing by Diane Craft and Rosalba O’Brien