Kinder Morgan’s evidence and marine birds (part I)
Submitted by: Caroline Fox, for BC Nature and Nature Canada
This evidence focuses on impacts to marine birds and highlights how errors in Kinder Morgan’s application misrepresented these impacts. Often these errors tended to minimize or obscure project-related effects. These deficiencies include:
- The Application relied on limited information regarding the diversity, distribution, abundance and spatiotemporal dynamics of marine birds.
- The ‘habitat-focused approach’ used to assess the ecological consequences in the PQERA had a number of shortcomings.
- The selections of marine bird indicator species to represent marine birds in general were unsubstantiated and lacked clarity.
- Marine bird species at risk were not granted due consideration in the Application.
- Chronic oil spills were not adequately incorporated as a potential effect.
- The DQERA contained errors regarding the determination of slick thickness threshold for wildlife mortality and estimates of marine bird mortality.