Nestle Waters Canada is a subsidiary of the world’s biggest food and largest company Nestle Co. Ltd., and it expressed concerns over aquifer’s potential impact in Hope, also located in British Columbia.
It was scheduled to express its disapproval to Trans Mountain Expansion Route, which crosses through its water-bottling property in Hope. However, the company announced it had come to an agreement with the pipeline company Kinder Morgan.
Gordon Nettleton, lawyer and spokesperson of Nestle in addressing the NEB, said, “We have some good news. The facts are that Nestlé and Trans Mountain have been working together collaboratively to try and resolve the issues and concerns that Nestlé has raised.”
According to Nettleton, the Trans Mountain agreed to redirect the route of the pipeline in the area around Hope. Also, he stated that Nestle Waters Canada agreed to address its concerns about timing and methods of construction.
There was no other information about the agreement between the two parties.
On May 3, Nestle had still expressed concerns to the NEB. In addition, the company was currently going through the board’s alternative dispute resolution process with Kinder Morgan.
The NEB is in Meritt for three days this week. Six of its seven schedule stops for detailed route hearings.
Furthermore, the hearings don’t allow for a reopening of the debate over the project’s approval. The hearings emphasize more on the landowners, First Nations, and municipalities’ concerns over the pipeline’s route within the approved corridor.
Nestle looks for a very specific re-routing of the pipeline. In the company’s opposition filing to the NEB in May 2017, it emphasizes its concerns over the pipeline’s proximity to its spring-water facility. The site consists of 300 million liters of water bottled each year from the Kawkawa Lake aquifer.
Nestle and Kinder Morgan’s agreement will put NEB to finalize its decision on the pipeline’s re-routing. Both companies have urged the NEB to accept the adjustment.
“This is a result that hopefully we can move forward with and see the project proceed,” said Nettleton.
The court hearing was originally scheduled for three hours but had wrapped up in less than 15 minutes.
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