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BC to make announcement on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

11 August 2017, 02:54 | Randall Craig

BC government seeks intervener status on Trans Mountain expansion

BC to make announcement on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

Heyman and Attorney General David Eby said B.C. would seek intervenor status in challenges to the pipeline by First Nations and others scheduled to being this fall in the Federal Court of Appeal.

This morning, Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman announced a tough new approach toward Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. The government is also seeking advice for a separate court case in B.C. Supreme Court, where the Squamish First Nation is challenging the adequacy of consultation.

The NDP said without the certificates, the Trans Mountain expansion can not move forward on public land.

"A seven-fold increase in tanker traffic in B.C.'s coastal waters is simply too great a risk to our environment, our economy and to thousands of existing jobs", he said.

"Only three have been accepted to date and the other five have not been accepted because they have not, according to the environmental assessment office, met the test of adequate consultation with First Nations", said Heyman.

Berger, who is in his 80s, was also head of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry and recommended the pipeline be put on hold, largely because of opposition from Aboriginal groups in the region.

Rich Coleman, interim leader of the BC Liberal Party, however, said the province stands to lose almost $20 billion in GDP should the NDP kill a project that has already met B.C.'s conditions.

CKNW has reached out to Kinder Morgan for comment.

Kinder Morgan can engage in construction on its own property and in the province of Alberta, so Anderson's statement doesn't directly contradict what Heyman said.

Kinder Morgan's project proposes to nearly triple the number of barrels of oil shipped per day from Edmonton to the shores of Burrard Inlet, increasing from 300,000 to 890,000. "That is what drove us in the choices we made and we will stand by those choices".

"There are consitutional principles that outline the power of the B.C. government versus the powers of the federal government, with respect to provincial pipelines", he said.

Jessica Clogg, executive director and senior counsel at West Coast Environmental Law Association, praised the government's actions.

However, the B.C. NDP campaigned to halt the $7.4-billion project. "But even if the courts fail to stop this pipeline, the citizens of British Columbia are preparing to do what it takes".

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