Environmentalists Hot Over Trans Mountain Approval
Vancouver, B.C.- Environmental and First Nations groups are expressing their anger over news the Province of BC has approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project.
“How can a government so blatantly align itself against the wishes and interests of its own citizens?” said Peter McCartney, Wilderness Committee Climate Campaigner. “Right when we need our leadership to stand up to Alberta and Ottawa, they buckle like a cheap lawn chair.”
The issuing of an environmental certificate for the project faces 37 conditions from B.C, these conditions are in addition to the 157 the National Energy Board attached to its approval of the project.
McCartney says the fight to stop the project will continue “It’s very clear the west coast has rejected Kinder Morgan,” said McCartney. “For many British Columbians, stopping this pipeline is a New Year’s resolution they have no intent to break.”
Stand.earth is also echoing McCartney’s comments. “The simple fact is that this project has failed at least three of Christy Clark’s own ‘Five Conditions’” says Karen Mahon National Director of Stand.earth ” There is no way to safely clean up a spill of this type of oil, at least 59 First Nations are opposed to this pipeline, and the economic risks outweigh the rewards.”
Mahon says the 37 additional conditions added do little to protect the public ““For example requiring another study into whether or not dilbit sinks will do little to reassure anyone that it safe to allow massive increases in oil tanker traffic in BC’s waters.”
WestCoast Environmental Law says the 37 conditions added by the Province do nothing to mitigate the risks of the project. In a release West Coast Environmental Law points to one condition which would require Kinder Morgan to “provide clean drinking water to communities whose water is poisoned by a Kinder Morgan spill.” The release goes on to say the announcement is another reminder that environmental laws need significant improvement “to protect the interest of present and future residents of British Columbia. It ignores the First Nations that have barred the project in their own laws. Like Enbridge Northern Gateway, we expect that First Nations and community opposition will not allow this project to proceed.”
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation has already indicated it will be examining legal options to stop the pipeline . Spokesperson Charlene Aleck says consultation with First Nations was inadequate “”One thing is clear they are trying to force a dangerous project on many thousands of people that really do not want it, that is not a recipe for success”. Aleck says regardless of the issuing of an environmental assessment certificate the pipeline will never be built.