NDP government empowered to revisit Trans Mountain pipeline conditions

Andrew Weaver
Andrew Weaver

TUESDAY’S B.C. Court of Appeal’s unanimous ruling that the NDP government must reconsider the conditions of the environmental assessment certificate allowing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline opens a path for additional environmental protections, says the Green Party.

“The court has shown yet again the many shortcomings of the environmental assessment process that leaves our province facing the unacceptable environmental impacts that an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline threatens to bring to our province,” B.C. Green Party Leader Dr. Andrew Weaver said. “The B.C. NDP government has a responsibility to revisit the conditions placed by the former B.C. Liberal government.

“The negative long-term economic impacts related to increased emissions and the risk of oil spills associated with the Trans Mountain pipeline are indisputable. And British Columbians are already shouldering the environmental costs from climate change by way of our depleted oceans, stressed forests, shallow rivers, and dwindling resource economy.

“Tripling the capacity of the existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilpatch to Burnaby would pose an even greater threat to our future. A spill would be devastating to our environment, our coastal economies, and our tourism and fishery industries. Furthermore, the seven-fold increase in tanker traffic would pose significant threats to British Columbia’s already endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. We ask again: Is the federal government ready to justify to Canadians why it is willing to herald the death knell of this iconic species?

“British Columbia’s economic future lies in the innovative, creative industries that are leading global economic growth, not in continued fossil-fuel infrastructure development that created the climate challenges that our communities and resource-based industries are struggling to cope with today.”