Kinder Morgan still blocking spawning beds after warning from NEB

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Groups call on B.C. Conservation Officers to remove plastic fencing

VALEMOUNT — Large mats made of orange plastic snow fencing are still blocking key salmon spawning streams along the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline route, more than a month after the National Energy Board warned the company it was breaking the law.

Kinder Morgan started construction work without permits over the summer, blocking Chinook and Coho salmon, Kokanee, Steelhead, trout and other species from laying eggs in streams where the company hopes to dig trenches across sensitive spawning beds next spring.

“If I got caught throwing a shopping cart or dumping motor oil in one of these creeks, I would face charges for tampering with salmon habitat,” said Sophie Harrison of Dogwood. “Why does a Texas pipeline company think it’s above the law?”

The NEB was unaware of the issue until researcher Lynn Perrin noticed a blog post on the Trans Mountain website, touting the “innovative use of a well-known landscaping product […] easily pinned down with sections of rebar driven into the streambed”. Perrin, who volunteers with the PIPE UP Network in Abbotsford, raised the alarm.

After conservation groups and fisheries biologists complained to the NEB, the board ordered Kinder Morgan to halt its plans to install the anti-spawning mats in 26 streams across B.C. However, the company still refuses to remove the snow fencing from eight streams where it has already been installed.

“I’ve submitted a formal complaint to the province’s Forest and Land Compliance and Enforcement Branch,” said Perrin. “If the NEB won’t enforce the law, I would like our B.C. Conservation Officers to remove this garbage from our salmon streams, and prevent Kinder Morgan from tampering with any more fish habitat.”

Dogwood and PIPE UP are calling on conservation groups, recreational anglers, First Nations and ordinary citizens to keep an eye out for illegal construction activity on the Kinder Morgan route.

“The fact is, this pipeline is still before the courts. The final routing is far from being approved. Kinder Morgan has no business starting construction without permits, especially not when it puts salmon at risk,” said Harrison.

Link to video footage and photos of Swift Creek in Valemount B.C.

For more information:

Sophie Harrison, Dogwood

Lynn Perrin, PIPE UP Network

9 Responses to “Kinder Morgan still blocking spawning beds after warning from NEB”

  1. Andy Vandermeer says:

    This is bloody ridiculous… If a company that does not have licenses to construct a pipeline illiminates spawning grounds when our salmon populations are already in decline, how responsible are they going to be when their pipeline breaks??? Looks like the NEB is in big business’s back pocket and not looking out for the interests of British Columbians and our fish!

  2. Linda Lavoie-Schaeffer says:

    Kinder Morgan STOP tampering with any more fish habitat ! And remove the anti-spawning mats you put in 26 streams across B.C.

  3. marie robert says:

    Environment officers – do your job. Remove the nets and prosecute the company.

  4. Keith Larkin says:

    Are there any law enforcement officers near these illegal installations? Where is the law?

  5. Mark Caulton says:

    Wish I was there. I’d haul them out myself. Piss on them!

  6. Ally says:

    Ok so they have the netting out witch the government has told them not to do so if they are not listening and the government. Isn’t reinforcing it then why aren’t the locals out there ripping the netting out??! I would be if I lived near there! Can’t arrest me for taking some thing out that is against the law in the first place!

  7. Ally says:

    My thoughts exactly. .how hard can it be to rip it out

  8. Geordie Harrower says:

    Big Oil is getting dirtier.

  9. Angelene McIntyre says:

    Kinder Morgan has already affected the spawning of our fish in our waters just by putting up rebar and anti spawning mats of orange plastic snow fencing… imagine what will happen if the project went through!!! Think NEB, Forests and Lands, BC Conservation, Environmental Departments, Government of Canada….. Justin Trudeau STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING! Justin you’re the boss here, what you say goes! All it takes is for you to shut it all down, simple as that!

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