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08/28/2015 17:56 EDT | Updated 08/28/2016 01:12 EDT

Kinder Morgan to replace Trans Mountain economic evidence by Sept. 25

VANCOUVER — Kinder Morgan Canada says it will take less than a month to replace evidence that was struck from the National Energy Board's review of its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The energy giant says it has asked Texas-based consulting firm Muse Stancil to prepare a brief report and will file amendments by Sept. 25 to two reports that relied on the evidence.

The board announced last week it was postponing hearings and striking from the record all evidence prepared by Steven Kelly, a consultant who will soon work for the regulator.

Kelly prepared evidence for Kinder Morgan on oil market supply and demand in 2013, before he was appointed to the board this summer for a seven-year term starting in October.

The company used Kelly's work to defend the economic benefits of the $5.4-billion project in replies to the City of Vancouver, the provincial New Democrats and Tsawwassen First Nation, among others.

Kinder Morgan is asking the board to expedite the conclusion of the review, given that it is not responsible for the delay and it is only refiling evidence related to a "narrow" issue.

The Canadian Press

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