BC government looking to intervene in Trans Mountain expansion

BC government looking to intervene in Trans Mountain expansion

The move by the province has the blessing of Green Party leader Andrew Weaver and is being welcomed by environmental groups.

Rich Coleman, interim leader of the BC Liberal Party, however, said the province stands to lose almost $20 billion in GDP should the NDP kill a project that has already met B.C.'s conditions.

Eby hailed the appointment of Berger, who chaired the federal government's Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry in 1974 and two other royal commissions on family law and Indigenous healthcare.

Provided the federal court grants the government intervener status, the government plans to argue that consultations with First Nations have not been adequate.

Eby said Berger is still active, including appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada a year ago.

As well, the Squamish First Nation has a court challenge related to inadequate consultation by Kinder Morgan on its project, which proposes to nearly triple the number of barrels of oil shipped per day from Edmonton to the shores of Burrard Inlet, increasing from 300,000 to 890,000.

Anderson's statement sets the stage for a messy legal battle over B.C.'s ability to affect a National Energy Board decision over a pipeline that crosses provincial boundaries. The provincial government is named as a respondent in that case, but the current regime agrees with the First Nations' contention there wasn't enough consultation done by the previous government.

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"Mr. Berger has an incredible history".

Kinder Morgan wants to twin an existing pipeline from Alberta to carry tar-sands oil to the coast for export.

Heyman, whose opening remarks including acknowledging he was on the unceded homelands of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish First Nations, said the government will fulfill its duty of "meaningful consultation" with First Nations.

"Only three have been accepted to date and the other five have not been accepted because they have not, according to the environmental assessment office, met the test of adequate consultation with First Nations", said Heyman.

"Until those plans are completed, Kinder Morgan, with the exception of private land and with the exception of some clearing of right of way, can not put shovels in the ground". Canadian crude producers, whose landlocked product trades at a discount, say they need the expansion to access new markets and command better prices.

Work on the pipeline was scheduled to begin next month. "Nor for our economy, our environment or thousands of existing jobs".

"Until those plans are completed, Kinder Morgan - with the exception of private land, and with the exception of some clearing of right-of-way - can not put shovels in the ground", he said. It also said Trans Mountain is willing to meet with the government to work through the concerns and issues the ministers raised.

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