The Town of Stony Plain and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Community Benefit Agreement that will see a $225,000 contribution toward development in the community. Trans Mountain has been pursuing Community Benefit Agreements with those along the pipeline corridor to provide direct benefits to communities if the proposed expansion project is approved and constructed. This contribution by Trans Mountain will be used by Stony Plain to construct new trails.
"We are excited about the opportunity to work with Trans Mountain on the Trail Enhancement Project,” said William Choy, Mayor of Stony Plain. “Our residents thoroughly enjoy the trail system in Stony Plain and this addition will be welcomed by everyone. It will promote healthy lifestyles and will ensure our community has additional trails to enjoy for their leisure time."
“This agreement with the Town of Stony Plain will provide local and direct benefit to the people of this community,” said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada. “Our goal is to ensure the communities we operate in and are impacted by construction are fully acknowledged.”
Kinder Morgan values the relationships it has with the communities along its existing pipeline system and the proposed pipeline project; these span over more than 60 years of history. This agreement was signed as part of an overall effort underway by Kinder Morgan Canada to work with pipeline-affected communities to identify local opportunities to give something back in recognition of the public inconveniences and temporary disruption created by construction of the proposed expansion. Additional agreements with municipalities and communities along the pipeline corridor are expected as project planning continues.
About Trans Mountain Expansion Project
In spring 2012, Kinder Morgan Canada announced it will move forward with its proposed plans to expand the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline system – between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia – following strong commitments received from its customers. To date, as part of a comprehensive stakeholder engagement program we’ve consulted with thousands of individuals through 93 open houses or workshops along the pipeline and marine
corridors and more than 1,234 meetings between project team members and stakeholder groups. For almost 60 years, the 1,150-km Trans Mountain pipeline system has been safely and efficiently providing the only West Coast access for Canadian oil products, including about 90 per cent of the gasoline supplied to the interior and south coast of British Columbia. For more information, please visit www.transmountain.com.