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Province Issues EA Certificate for Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 2:19 PM

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
    guide outfitters;

    * 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.



The five minimum requirements that must be met for the B.C. government to consider the construction and operation of heavy-oil pipelines within its borders are:

1. Successful completion of the environmental review process. In the case of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, that means a recommendation by the National Energy Board Joint Review Panel that the project proceed.
2. World-leading marine oil-spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.’s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines and shipments.
3. World-leading practices for land oil-spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines.
4. Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights are addressed, and First Nations are provided with the opportunities, information and resources necessary to participate in and benefit from a heavy-oil project.
5. British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy-oil project that reflects the level, degree and nature of the risk borne by the government, the environment and taxpayers.

ht tps://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/bcs-five-conditions-for-heavy-oil-pipelines-reiterated-at-ubcm

Isn’t it nice to know we now have “world-leading” MARINE oil-spill response, prevention and recovery systems for the BC south coast and Salish Sea? Isn’t it nice to know we also now have “world-leading” practices for LAND oil-spill prevention, response and recovery systems? Who, in their right mind, would think our oil spill response and recovery, on land and sea, is even close to being world-class?

Hmmm… anyone know what BC’s “fair share” of the fiscal and economic benefits of this proposed heavy-oil project is? If the lower mainland and south coast of BC is going to be taking on all the increase risk of a doubling of oil pipelines and 7 fold increase in oil tanker traffic, what is the return???

    Can you define world class?

      World class could mean anything…lol.. when classing the world on spill response Canada came last…but that is a world class comparison;)

      P val again what is world class.

    More tax revenue money from oil exports.

    Means more money for the lower mainland’s transit system.

    Or infrastructure programs.

    Besides between the Feds and Provincial government there are 194


    Nobody seems to mention the couple hundred cruise ships.

    That cruise up down the inside passage, along with all the

    upstream pollution that is created in getting the passengers to

    and around Vancouver and accommodating them.

    A great example of BH Being a paid troll. Who else could post the above queries with links that fast if it wasn’t fed to them in advance?

No time for that now BH, The libs are putting their energy into anti NDP attack ads. Priorities you know.

Don’t you just love it when lower mainland residents complain about the pipeline, while they cruise around False Creek and the Burrard inlet, dumping their holding and bilge tanks while nobody is looking!

Pollution? Do as I say, not as I do!

You’re absolutely right Hart Guy. If they could just find a way to make pipeline oil look like sewage! Then if there was a big spill it would just look like another day of Victoria sewage pumped into the ocean. Nobody seems to give a second thought about that!

Great news for BC. Finally a private sector funded project can kick off. Good for you Christy, giving the finger to the lefties in Vancouver.
This would be a very good time for her to order the city of Victoria to build a sewage treatment plant…pictures of beaches in the San Juan Islands make you want to puke.

Silly me, I overlooked the 718,918 reasons why Christy Clark just approved the Kinder Morgan and Trans Mountain pipeline project.

Kinder Morgan, its oil patch backers and industry associations had already donated at least $718,918 to the BC Liberals by March 2016. This included:

$33,188 directly from Kinder Morgan and Trans Mountain;
$20,950 from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, most of it while Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson was CEPA chair;
$112,795 from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers;
$551,985 from oil sands producers with shipping contracts on the new Trans Mountain pipeline, including Nexen, Cenovus, Devon, Imperial Oil, Suncor and CNRL.

    So, is this another PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT?

    Is it? Should it be? Or are you perhaps all done with your self-absorbed PSA’s?

    On this site, what exactly qualifies as a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, just in case I feel the need to post one, hahahahahaha!

    Just bh with biased information conveniently leaving out funding to the against everything lobbyists.

BeingHuman- It appears that it is pointless to give any factual information to the die hard Liberals on this site. It appears they are unable to take off the blinders and actually see what is going on in this province. We now have in this province have the fox guarding the chicken house.


Actually oldman1, my comments are not meant to change the minds of these confused posters. I post my fact filled comments so the vast majority of readers, who do not comment on this site, become more informed by the next election. Think of what I do as a “public service”.

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