This week, the question Brent and I debate is: ” Should Kinder-Morgan be allowed to test the feasibility of a pipeline through Burnaby Mountain?”
Say what you will about Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan’s refusal to allow Kinder Morgan to conduct testing on city owned lands, but I predict his bold actions are setting the bar high for other municipal leaders across the province in similar situations. Even speaking in the most general terms, the issues of pipelines is a divisive one impacting not only municipalities, but families and friendships as people take opposing views.
What is unique about Mayor Derek Corrigan’s opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline project is that he hasn’t taken the wait-and-see approach popular with many politicians delicately straddling pointy fence posts to avoid offending potential voters. He has instead taken a firm stand on what he believes are the best interests of his community, and the global community at large.
His actions also highlight a serious and much bigger problem facing communities all over the province. When contentious projects under provincial or federal jurisdictions are proposed in or through a community that has no jurisdiction to stop it, what are municipal leaders supposed to do?
To read Brent Stafford’s response, click here.
In my opinion, this isn’t just a duel about whether or not Kinder Morgan should be allowed to test on city owned land, this is about whether or not municipalities have enough veto power on these kinds of projects – and it’s not just Burnaby dealing with this either…
READ the rest of this weeks column, comment and vote at http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/06/08/corrigan-defending-burnabys-interests