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Concern over pipeline and salmon drives Kamloops forum

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KAMLOOPS - Concern over the type of impact of the Kinder Morgan pipeline could potentially have on salmon in our communities will be the topic of an event in Kamloops this week.

The Wilderness Committee and ForestEthics will join forces to host a town hall meeting to discuss the importance of salmon to our communities and the conceivable impact of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on those salmon.

Sven Biggs of ForestEthics and Eoin Madden of the Wilderness Committee will both speak at the event, which is part of a larger campaign to stop the Kinder Morgan expansion project. The event will be held Wednesday, March 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Clocktower Theatre at Thompson Rivers University.

Kinder Morgan is in the process of applying to expand the pipeline from Alberta through B.C. If approved, construction could begin in 2015 or 2016 with the twinned pipeline expected to go into service beginning in 2017. Side-by-side pipelines will allow the system to move 890,000 barrels per day, a significant increase over the current 300,000 barrels per day.

The City of Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District recently signed an agreement with Kinder Morgan outlining the amount of funds that will be distributed to compensate for the disruption during construction, should the project go ahead.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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