Canada BC NDP outlines actions against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

21:29  10 august  2017
21:29  10 august  2017 Source:   Metro News

B.C. joins legal fight against Trans Mountain

  B.C. joins legal fight against Trans Mountain B.C. joins legal fight against Trans MountainThe province's NDP government has hired former judge Thomas Berger to provide legal advice to the government as it seeks intervener status in legal challenges against the federal government's approval of the pipeline expansion.

Notley went on to discuss the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline , which would greatly increase the amount of To Notley’s dismay, BC ’s new Green Party -supported, NDP minority government is publicly committed to doing “everything in its power” to prevent the pipeline expansion .

The two parties which opposed the project, the BC NDP (41 seats) and the Greens (three seats), have enough seats to potentially govern (87 seats in total). If the Speaker were to say, cast a partisan vote against the Trans Mountain Pipeline (or any other vote outside of the two described earlier), this

A tanker is loaded via pipeline at Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C.:   © Contributed/Trans Mountain  

British Columbia’s NDP government has outlined the first steps it will take in a bid to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Environment Minister George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby spoke to media Thursday, saying the $7.4 billion project is not in the province’s interest.

The NDP said it will seek intervener status in all legal challenges against the National Energy Board’s federal approval of the pipeline expansion and has hired lawyer Thomas Berger as external counsel to government, among other steps.

Stopping the pipeline was one of Heyman’s key priorities after the Green-backed NDP formed government last month.

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  PM, Vancouver mayor talk housing, transit, opioids VANCOUVER - Housing, transit and the devastating opioid crisis were the main topics of conversation Tuesday between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, but talk of a controversial pipeline expansion was absent. Speaking later outside city hall, Robertson appeared unfazed that the Kinder Morgan pipeline wasn't on the agenda, even though he has described the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project as a "big step Speaking later outside city hall, Robertson appeared unfazed that the Kinder Morgan pipeline wasn't on the agenda, even though he has described the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project as a "big step backwards" for Canada's environment and economy.

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The BC NDP government of John Horgan is proceeding cautiously with the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline , not wanting to expose the Province to a lawsuit, according to Attorney General David Eby

The environment minister’s mandate letter instructed him to “employ every tool available to defend B.C.’s interest in the face of the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the threat of a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic on our coast.”

Eby earlier ruled out delaying permits as one way to slow down the project.

"I've been tasked by the premier to identify our options. There is an important piece to that, which is that we must do so within the laws of British Columbia and Canada, because if we don't, we'll be sued," Eby told Kamloops radio station CHNL on July 25.

"We'll end up paying hundreds of millions of dollars that should be going to schools and hospitals to an oil company and that is not a goal that anybody's looking for."

With its approval from the National Energy Board late last year and endorsement under the previous BC Liberal government, Kinder Morgan has been pushing ahead in meeting outstanding conditions and getting ready for construction.

Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said last month the project remained on track to begin construction in September.

The twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline would nearly triple the capacity of the 1,150-kilometre line running from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.

-with files from The Canadian Press

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