Attorney General David Eby has confidence in the fight against the Trans Mountain Pipeline after the province was granted intervener status.
In a statement, Eby says that the pipeline significantly impacts BC, disproportionately effecting coastal environments and Indigenous people.
The provinces participation in the appeal outlines that failure of the federal process to properly consider BC voice in the proceedings, but it also highlights the failure to properly consider what a bitumen spill on the west coast would do economically, according to Eby.
In March of this year, 19 individual lawsuits from First Nations and environmental groups challenged Ottawa’s approval of the controversial pipeline that would increase the capacity between Edmonton and Burnaby and the tanker traffic of the Burrard Inlet.
Alberta had been granted intervener status, but the previous government of BC had not.
BC had until the past Friday to file a submission no longer than Alberta’s- that was one of the stipulations placed on the province once it was granted status because of its late entrance into the appeal.
BC also had to pay $7,500 to Trans Mountain to cover the costs of a second memorandum because of the late filing, and the province has been warned that if there are any breaches in these conditions, the appeal panel can revoke the intervener status.