The Municipality of Parkland County and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for a Community Benefit Agreement that will see a $225,000 contribution in funding the Intelligent Community Project to develop reasonably priced, high speed broadband and/or the acquisition of equipment to facilitate the advancement of economic and community development in the municipality. 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 agreement enables Parkland County to expedite the advancement of our Intelligent Community Project,” said Rod Shaigec, Mayor of Parkland County. “Ensuring access to high speed broadband is a priority not only for Council but the residents and businesses that call Parkland County home."

“We are committed to working with the communities we operate in to maximize the benefits of the Project,” said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada. “This agreement ward funding municipal infrastructure will provide local and direct benefits to the people of Parkland County.”

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.