The BC government is making good on its election promise to use every tool it has to block the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Contstruction on Kinder Morgan’s controversial $7.4 billion oil pipeline project was to start next month, but the province has announced its plans to join the legal fight against the expansion and says any work on crown land would be illegal at this point.
Environment Minister George Heyman was asked about the impact on jobs associated with the proposal.
Several First Nations and municipalities have filed legal challenges against the expansion, which would triple the capacity of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase the number of tankers in Vancouver-area waters seven-fold.
But the president of Kinder Morgan, Ian Anderson, says they have undertaken extensive consultations with Aboriginal Peoples and they are committed to working with the province and permitting authorities in the process.
Anderson says in a statement that the Trans Mountain project has undergone an unprecedented level of scrutiny and the project will result in lasting economic benefits for communities in B-C and Canada.
The 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 to the federal government’s approval of the pipeline expansion.
(The Canadian Press)