Oil spill plan will be secret

The head of Kinder Morgan says a full emergency response plan for the proposed $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia will remain hidden,to though a similar scheme has been made public in neighbouring Washington.

Ian Anderson says the National Energy Board did not require the company to publicly disclose full details of its oil spill response plan for the Trans Mountain pipeline.

He says regulation is different in the U.S., where the Department of Ecology has posted Kinder Morgan's emergency response plan online for the Washington section of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Anderson says the company will make its full plans available to municipalities, first responders and the B.C. government but the public has only been able to view a redacted version.

He says Kinder Morgan has nothing to hide but there are legitimate national security and public safety reasons for not divulging the entire plan.

Anderson says the company will work with Canadian industry on a process for publicly disclosing response plans.


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