Kinder Morgan files National Energy Board application for pipeline expansion

Ships are moored in the Strait of Georgia off of Vancouver on April 28, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

VANCOUVER - Kinder Morgan Canada has filed its long-anticipated application to the National Energy Board to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the British Columbia coast.

President Ian Anderson says the application addresses issues previously identified by the national regulator, including environmental, social and economic impacts, as well as aboriginal engagement and public consultation.

The $5.4-billion project will now undergo a public review.

If approved, the pipeline could be operational by late 2017.

Kinder Morgan says 13 companies have already signed firm contracts for the pipeline that could ship up to 890,000 barrels per day from Edmonton to the company's marine terminal in Burnaby.

Though the Trans Mountain line has been in operation for 60 years, much of the project will involve construction of completely new pipeline along a different route and the project already faces opposition from environmental groups, some First Nations and several Metro Vancouver councils.

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