B.C. needs to strike own review of Kinder Morgan project
Current NEB process cannot satisfy Premier Clark’s five conditions
VANCOUVER—The National Energy Board has denied a Living Oceans Society motion requesting the Province of British Columbia answer questions related to the five conditions it has imposed on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion application.
“This is a clear signal that it is time for Premier Clark to withdraw from the agreement and strike a customized process under the B.C. Environmental Assessment Act,” said Karen Wristen, Executive Director of Living Oceans Society. “The current National Energy Board process cannot possibly satisfy Premier Clark’s five conditions.”
In 2010, the province agreed to harmonize the B.C. and National Energy Board processes, meaning the Board assumed responsibility for reviewing the Kinder Morgan project. This agreement, however, contains a clause that would allow B.C. to withdraw on 30 days’ notice.
“The Board’s denial of this motion further underscores the importance of ensuring B.C. residents get answers about how the province is going to weigh the Kinder Morgan project’s costs and benefits,” said Karen Campbell, one of the Ecojustice lawyers who filed the motion on behalf of Living Oceans Society. “They are entitled to a complete inquiry into the environmental, health, and safety impacts of Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion.”
Living Oceans Society