As everyone expected, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that the Canadian Government approve Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through the most populated area of British Columbia. The NEB believes the likelihood of a major oil spill “very low,” but “the potential significance” of such a spill “very high.” Kinder Morgan would be required to post calculations of the emissions from all industrial activities and those created during construction of the 1150 km (715 miles) pipeline. If the Trudeau Government agrees and the project goes forward, the number of tankers carrying diluted bitumen out of the Greater Vancouver area could increase from 1 or 2 a week to 10. These are some of the ways BC reacts to the NEB’s pipeline recommendation. Continue reading BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation→
Rumour has it British Columbia may be on the verge of coming to an agreement with Alberta that could overcome one of the biggest hurdles confronting the Site C Dam project. Though the province is not expected to need the controversial dam’s electricity until about 2029, if ever, there are conditions under which Alberta might be willing to purchase it. Premier Rachel Notley told theGlobe and Mail this isn’t a simple quid per quo deal, but also made it clear the deal must include a pipeline. In response, British Columbia’s Minister of Environment once again reaffirmed the position her government adopted in 2012. BC’s five conditions must be met before the government will support a pipeline project.
The province of British Columbia was not able to respond in time to be part of Monday’s broadcast, “Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up.” However a Ministry of Environment spokesperson emailed and BC says it cannot support Kinder Morgan Pipeline at this time.
Before May 20, the National Energy Board is expected to recommend that Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion be approved. If the Government of Canada agrees, we could see a seven-fold increase of tankers carrying diluted bitumen through the most populated area of British Columbia. In preparation for this, BC wants input on a “world-leading” provincial spills regime. Continue reading BC Wants Input On A “World-Leading” Provincial Spills Regime→
The Federal Government responded within 24 hours of Vancouver’s calling for a referendumon Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain expansion project. Not by ensuring BC residents can obtain a proper hearing before the National Energy Board – Vancouver’s complaint – but by announcing stiffer regulations for oil spills. The title for this episode of the Kinder Morgan saga should be “BC’s Pipelines: The Empire Strikes Back!” Continue reading BC’s Pipelines: The Empire Strikes Back!→