BC government to fight Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion

BC government to fight Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion”

The British Columbia provincial government has monkey-wrenched the start of construction for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, announcing Thursday that it is taking legal and administrative steps to stop the project. The review goes ahead in November. "Nor for our economy, our environment or thousands of existing jobs".

"It still remains to be seen what the British Columbia government can actually do to stop, or materially delay, the project and how the B.C. government's opposition will be reconciled with Ottawa's approval", said Robert Kwan, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets. Hyman said eight permits have been issued but they can't be acted on until the company meets the requirements of the environmental assessment certificate issued by the previous government.

The company must complete consultations with First Nations on several environmental aspects of the project not yet addressed, and may not begin work on public land until it does so, Heyman said.

Multiple First Nations and municipalities filed legal challenges against the project, which would triple the capacity for transport of diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands fields and greatly expand the Kinder Morgan marine oil shipping terminal at Burnaby, just outside Vancouver.

In a release, Interim Leader Rich Coleman says "Today's announcement by the NDP continues to drive the message home to investors that our province is not open for business or investment of any kind and is willing to forfeit an nearly $20 billion increase to our GDP".

"We will use every tool available to defend BC's Coast in the face of this threat and we will continue to explore every tool possible to hold Kinder Morgan's project proposal and plans to the highest standards of environmental protection and Indigenous consultation".

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Berger is a former B.C. Supreme Court Justice and a former B.C. NDP leader.

"We have undertaken thorough, extensive and meaningful consultations with Aboriginal Peoples, communities and individuals and remain dedicated to those efforts and relationships".

The government will also seek advice about a separate lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court, where the Squamish Nation is challenging the provincial approval. All three organizations noted how Kinder Morgan has yet to obtain the necessary permits to proceed with construction.

Notley said she was pleased that in Thursday's announcement, the government moved away from discussing halting the pipeline and shifted to making sure environmental and First Nations concerns are met.

"Until those plans are completed, Kinder Morgan, with the exception of private land. can not put shovels in the ground", the minister said.

"Kinder Morgan does not have the permits it needs, and there is now even greater doubt that they will secure them", Hudema said.

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