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Farmers getting raw deal from Nat’l Energy Board  [David Schmidt]

ABBOTSFORD - The proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline (TMEP) is a “burden without a benefit,” says Brian Kingman, secretary-treasurer of the Collaborative Group of Landowners Affected by Pipelines Association (CGLAP). Although “if we had our way, we wouldn’t have a pipeline,” he fully expects the pipeline to be built.

On May 19, the National Energy Board issued its recommendation that the pipeline be allowed to go ahead, subject to 157 conditions. It is now up to the federal government whether to accept the NEB recommendations.

Formed to participate in NEB hearings into the TMEP and to develop a compensation framework for affected Fraser Valley landowners, CGLAP held its third annual meeting in Abbotsford, June 2. The association now has 73 members from Popkum to Port Kells. Together, they own over 90 properties covering about 60 km of the pipeline corridor.

Eight additional members were expelled after they signed individual compensation agreements with Trans Mountain. Members confirmed CGLAP’s intent by changing the bylaws to automatically expel members who sign agreements contrary to its compensation framework and any other recommendations from CGLAP’s 10 directors.

“We have a very determined group and we should stick together,” CGLAP president Peter Reus told members.  …

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