The Salmon River Enhancement Society has been given intervenor status at the National Energy Board’s hearings into Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline that would intersect the Salmon River near Fort Langley. We’re pleased that we made the cut along with 400 other environmental, First Nations, and community groups and municipalities. Only 20% of those who applied were accepted.
Texas-based Kinder Morgan pushed for limitations on the number of people allowed to speak at the NEB hearings. Of the over 2,000 groups that applied, 1,250 are limited to submitting a letter and 468 were rejected outright.
We will be able to question company officials and experts and present evidence. The panel will hear Aboriginal evidence in August and September. The hearings begin in January 2015 with a report and recommendations being made to the federal government in July 2015.
Now the real work begins.
Learn more about the issue.
Even here in the rainy lower mainland, we can’t take water for granted.
The provincial government is now considering changes to the Water Sustainability Act. The revised act was discussed at the society’s March meeting. There is great concern about:
- commercial enterprises extracting millions of litres from Langley aquifers at no charge and then bottling and selling this resource
- numerous uncapped artesian wells that pump out water year round
- farming practices that still rely on overhead sprinklers
While the act may include statements about the importance of protecting our water sources, they are meaningless without regulations and enforcement personnel.
There was discussion about the need to ensure that all citizens be granted a set amount and that all withdrawals above this limit should come with charges to pay for enforcement and rehabilitation efforts.
The society will be holding a forum in the fall of 2014 to address these issues.
The Council of Canadian’s position
Water Sustainability Act Overview (28 pages)
Complete proposal (127 pages)
UPDATE: SRES was one of thousands of groups to receive a letter from Kinder Morgan lawyers who are seeking the narrowest interpretation of who can participate in the National Energy Board hearings into the company’s proposed pipeline. The Globe and Mail reported on it and a lawyer for Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation has responded.
The Salmon River Enhancement Society has written to the National Energy Board requesting intervenor status regarding the Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline through the Salmon River watershed.
Kinder Morgan Pipeline information
SRES requests intervenor status
It can be hard to know who’s out there. The Salmon River Enhancement Society has a number of sister organizations working on similar issues in the Township of Langley. Check them out.
Langley Environmental Partners Society — website, Facebook
Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society — website, Facebook
Derby Reach / Brae Island Park Association— website, Facebook
Langley Field Naturalists — website, Facebook
Little Campbell Watershed Society— website, Facebook
Nicomekl Enhancement Society — Facebook
Yorkson Watershed Stewardship Committee— website, Facebook
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