Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

British Columbia says will bar Trans Mountain work until consultations done

British Columbia says will bar Trans Mountain work until consultations done

The provincial NDP government has dug deep into its past, and Canada's as well, to help fight the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion that is expected to triple the oil shipped by Kinder Morgan from Edmonton to Burnaby.

The NDP government appears to be making good on its promise to oppose Kinder Morgan's Transmountain Pipeline expansion. He was provincial party leader briefly in 1969, prior to Dave Barrett taking over and becoming premier in 1972.

Rich Coleman, interim leader of the BC Liberal Party, however, said the province stands to lose almost $20 billion in GDP should the NDP kill a project that has already met B.C.'s conditions.

Despite the government's push for more consultation with First Nations, dozens of bands along the route and private land owners have signed agreements with Kinder Morgan, which has said it plans to begin construction in the fall.

Eby said Berger is still active, including appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada past year.

"The duty to consult aboriginal groups is based on a specific test established by the Supreme Court of Canada in Haida Nation v. BC (Minister of Forests)", Junger said in an email to Business in Vancouver.

Canada's National Energy Board recommended approval of the project last May after a lengthy review, subject to 157 conditions. Eby said there are 21 parties challenging the NEB process and decision, and he will seek advice from Berger on the province's intervention.

The other challenge is by the Squamish First Nation, which has filed a lawsuit against the province in B.C. Supreme Court for issuing an environmental certificate for the pipeline expansion.

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Heyman said the province would be enforcing consultations on the potential impacts of the project on First Nations and on the environment.

"Mr. Berger has an wonderful history". Hyman said eight permits have been issued but they can't be acted on until the company meets the requirements of the environmental assessment certificate issued by the previous government.

"The other five have been not accepted because they have not met the test of adequate consultation with First Nations".

"We're beyond relieved that Kinder Morgan won't be able to put shovels in the ground next month", said Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee.

Canadian crude producers say they need the expansion to access new markets and command better prices.

Notley made the comments at another pipeline site, the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project, which begins in Hardisty.

"This project, which was approved by the Trudeau government after lengthy review, would create thousands of jobs across British Columbia", Coleman said in a statement.

The chief executive of Kinder Morgan's Canadian unit, Ian Anderson, said the company "takes seriously" the remarks from British Columbia's government and remains prepared to work with authorities to address the concerns.

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