On Thursday, August 10th BC Attorney General David Eby, along with Environment Minister Minister George Heyman announced that the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is not in B.C.'s best interest. Minister Heyman advised that they are "committed to using every tool to defend B.C.'s coast (from) the threat of tanker traffic". The government has hired former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Berger as external counsel to the government to provide legal advice on the options for participation in legal challenges and hearings which are scheduled to begin in federal court in the fall. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project has already been approved by the Federal Government, the former B.C. government and the National Energy Board (NEB).
Trans Mountain issued the following statement in response - The company takes seriously the comments from the Province of British Columbia and will be carefully reviewing their statements and the steps outlined today. Trans Mountain remains ready and willing to meet with the Government to work through their conerns and the issued raised by them today.
"We are committed to working with the Province and permitting authorities in our ongoing process of seeking tand obtaining necessary permits and permissions," said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited. "We have undertaken thorough, extensive and meaningful consultations with Aboriginal Peoples, communities and individuals and remain dedicated to those efforts and relationships as we move forward with construction activities in September," added Anderson.
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project has undergone an unprecedented level of scrutiny and review and has received approval from the government of Canada, and is subject to 157 Conditions from the National Energy Board and 37 Conditions attached to the Environmental Certificate received form the Government of British Columbia. The Project will result in direct and lasting economic benefits for local communities, B.C. and Canada through investments in safety, jobs and the environment.