B.C. city seeks to force pipeline company to pay for cleanup, policing

VANCOUVER — A Metro Vancouver city is asking the National Energy Board to force Kinder Morgan to pay for policing and cleanup costs related to pipeline work that was targeted by protesters.

The company obtained a court injunction last month to clear protesters so crews could conduct survey work on Burnaby Mountain for the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Dozens of officers with the RCMP and other police agencies were on scene for over a week, arresting more than 100 protesters.

The City of Burnaby has submitted a letter to the National Energy Board indicating it plans to apply for an order forcing Trans Mountain to cover police costs, as well as work required to repair damage to the conservation area.

The letter says the policing bill alone could be between $1 million and $2 million, while cleanup costs are also significant.

The company’s response to the energy board says it is willing to pay for remediation work, though it says the blame for high policing costs rests with protesters who chose to break the law.

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