An advisory committee has been formed that will have oversight of the trans mountain pipeline expansion project.
Representatives from the National Energy Board, Indigenous communities and the federal government are part of the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee. It will be charged with monitoring the project, which is slated to see work beginning in September.. Included in the committees mandate is the existing pipeline and related marine shipping and will continue their work right through projects full life cycle.
The formation of the committee began in June of 2016 after chiefs Ernie Crey with the Cheam First Nation and Aaron Sam who is with the Lower Nicola band penned a letter to the Prime Minister and the premiers of B.C. and Alberta which proposed the creation of an indigenous led safety and environmental oversight body. The committee has the full support of federal natural resources minister Jim Carr.
The committee will be comprised of 13 members from Indigenous communities and six federal representatives.
Carr notes formation of the body was key in getting the federal government to approve the project.