Province Issues EA Certificate for Trans Mountain Pipeline Project
Victoria, B.C.- The Trans Mountain Pipeline project has been issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate by the Province of B.C., but there are 37 conditions attached.
The conditions are aimed at addressing concerns that have been raised about the project which has been given Federal approval. The Federal approval includes 157 conditions.
B.C.’s Minister of the Environment Minister Mary Polak says the 37 conditions BC has attached to the project “Will make sure ongoing consultation with First Nations occurs and also provides further protection of wetlands,
wildlife habitat and caribou and grizzly populations. They are all legally enforceable, and will help to minimize or avoid altogether potential issues within areas of provincial interest.”
Some of the conditions are:
- consultation with the Aboriginal groups and provincial agencies when developing and implementing relevant plans and programs required by the National Energy Board and the provincial environmental assessment
* develop wildlife species at risk offset plans and a grizzly bear mitigation and monitoring plan for all impacted Grizzly Bear Population Units;
* prepare and implement access management plans to avoid or mitigate disruption to the access by members of Aboriginal Groups carrying out traditional use activities and by provincially authorized trappers and
* prepare and implement a worker accommodation strategy that describes the potential environmental and social-economic impacts of construction camps on Aboriginal Groups and communities and includes a plan to provide
medical and health services for employees and contractors using the construction camps;
* prepare offset plans for any provincial parks, protected areas and recreation areas that would be impacted by the project;
* conduct a research program regarding the behaviour and clean-up of heavy oils spilled in freshwater and marine aquatic environments to provide Trans Mountain and spill responders with improved information on
how to effectively respond to spills;
* develop emergency response plans that include guidelines for incident notification and communications; oiled wildlife care; volunteer management; environmental sampling and monitoring and describe how Trans
Mountain would coordinate emergency response participation of first responders, agencies, municipalities and regional districts, and Aboriginal Groups;
* increase Trans Mountain’s emergency preparedness and response exercise and training program to include full scale exercises or deployments of emergency equipment for certain pipeline rupture and tank fire scenarios
before operations begin;
* implement an Aboriginal marine outreach program along the marine shipping route to address the impacts of increased project-related tanker traffic in the Salish Sea; and
* provide opportunities for Aboriginal Groups to participate in construction and post-construction monitoring, including training for Aboriginal monitors.