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Trans Mountain scolded

The National Energy Board is issuing a stern warning to the company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for installing mats in streams to discourage fish from spawning where the pipeline is to be installed.

In a letter on its website, the regulator orders the company building the line from Edmonton to Burnaby to stop installing the mats until it has obtained all approvals from the board to allow the start of construction.

In a blog dated Sept. 12 on the project website, Trans Mountain describes the "innovative use of snow fencing" in streams to protect spawning salmon and trout.

It says its biologists are already temporarily laying the fencing on the bottom of some sections of streambed during spawning season if they are to be intersected by pipeline construction right-of-way.

Greenpeace Canada energy strategist Keith Stewart says it's hard to believe that Trans Mountain owner Kinder Morgan didn't know or failed to check to see if its anti-spawning strategy was allowed.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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