Trans Mountain pipeline work stopped before it starts in British Columbia

  • Trans Mountain pipeline work stopped before it starts in British Columbia

Trans Mountain pipeline work stopped before it starts in British Columbia

The provincial NDP government has dug deep into its past, and Canada's as well, to help fight the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion that is expected to triple the oil shipped by Kinder Morgan from Edmonton to Burnaby. The review goes ahead in November. He has a history of representing Indigenous interests in court, having been involved in the landmark 1973 Calder case that paved the way for Aboriginal land right claims. "Not for our economy, our environment, or thousands of existing jobs".

The project would nearly triple the capacity of the current Trans Mountain pipeline to the west coast.

"It (the B.C. government) is not attempting in my view to counteract the authority of the federal government to move forward on the pipeline that's been approved, that will be built", she said. Hyman said eight permits have been issued but they can't be acted on until the company meets the requirements of the environmental assessment certificate issued by the previous government.

Heyman said until consultation related to First Nations are "completed in a way that meets B.C.'s legal obligations, work on this project on public lands can not proceed".

The announcement was hailed by B.C.'s Green party and environmental organizations like Greenpeace.

"We will use every tool available to defend BC's Coast in the face of this threat and we will continue to explore every tool possible to hold Kinder Morgan's project proposal and plans to the highest standards of environmental protection and Indigenous consultation".

The province will retain council, and seeks to become an official intervener during future Kinder Morgan hearings.

Kinder Morgan Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "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 consultation activities in September". "That is what drove us in the choices we made and we will stand by those choices". That's when Barrett appointed Berger as a B.C. Supreme Court Judge.

"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".

The other challenge is by the Squamish First Nation, which has filed a lawsuit against the province in B.C. Supreme Court for issuing an environmental certificate for the pipeline expansion.

The NDP government appears to be making good on its promise to oppose Kinder Morgan's Transmountain Pipeline expansion. Kinder Morgan Canada's stock price fell 3.6% in trading on Toronto stock market, closing the session at C$17.28. "But even if the courts fail to stop this pipeline, the citizens of British Columbia are preparing to do what it takes".