Arbour Day 2014 was celebrated with a welcoming from the Kwantlen band, tree climbing, tree planting, Kwantlen drumming, and jazz from Langley Fine Arts jazz band. Doug McFee, president of the Salmon River Enhancement Society, talked to residents about local issues and their impact on the Salmon River and environment.
Salmon River stewards (members of SRES and local residents) are raising the alarm about the planned water pipe on 52nd Ave. between 242nd and 248th streets.
Clear cutting of mature trees on an 18-metre deep ravine will result in long-term runoff damage and silt build up in the Salmon River. The banks are largely sand and gravel with a natural grade of 45 degrees. The society has written to Township council pointing out that there are better options for delivering water to Aldergrove. (read more)
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.
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