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August 25, 2014
EDMONTON – Alberta aboriginal groups concerned about Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will present oral evidence this week at a National Energy Board hearing in Edmonton.
The $5.4-billion project would roughly triple the capacity of an existing oil pipeline between Strathcona County and a Burnaby, B.C., marine terminal to 890,000 barrels per day.
Alberta groups registered to give “oral traditional evidence” include the Métis Nation of Alberta — Gunn Métis Local 55, the Samson Cree Nation, Michel First Nation and O’Chiese First Nation.
The Gunn Métis council, which represents people in the Lac Ste. Anne area, has said it needs to know more about the project’s impact on traditional lands used for hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering.
Its representatives will speak Wednesday.
The remaining groups are scheduled to speak the following week, NEB spokeswoman Whitney Punchak says.
More sessions to gather oral evidence from aboriginal interveners will be held in British Columbia this fall in Chilliwack, Kamloops and Victoria.
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