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BC government comes out against Kinder Morgan

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PostedJanuary 11, 2016 by in Western Canada
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Artist's rendering of proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion

Artist’s rendering of proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion

Read this Jan. 11 story from CBC.ca on the BC Liberal government’s choice not to support Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion to Burnaby.

The B.C. government says it can’t support the proposed $6.8-billion expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby.

In a written statement to the National Energy Board, the Ministry of Environment said the pipeline’s proponent Kinder Morgan has not provided an adequate plan to prevent or respond to an oil spill.

“During the course of the NEB review, the company has not provided enough information around its proposed spill prevention and response for the province to determine if it would use a world-leading spills regime,” the statement said.

“Because of this the province is unable to support the project at this time, based on the evidence submitted.”

If approved, the Trans Mountain expansion project would twin the 60-year-old pipeline, which runs 1,150-kilometre from the Alberta oilsands to a tankership terminal in Burnaby.

In the written submission, the ministry noted that it laid out five conditions the project would have to meet before it would be permitted in the province.

The province outlined its five conditions in 2012. They include:

  • Successful completion of the environmental review process. In the case of Enbridge, that would mean a recommendation by the National Energy Board Joint Review Panel that the project proceed;
  • World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.’s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines and shipments;
  • World-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines;
  • Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights are addressed, and First Nations are provided with the opportunities, information and resources necessary to participate in and benefit from a heavy-oil project; and
  • British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy oil project that reflects the level, degree and nature of the risk borne by the province, the environment and taxpayers.

The National Energy Board is expected to issue is recommendation on the project in May. It is unclear what effect the province’s opposition will have on the Kinder Morgan’s future, in light of concerns economist Robyn Allan has raised about the Liberal government’s choice to give away much of its authority on these matters.

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  1.  
    Salal

    This announcement is nothing more than politicking. Christy is an expert. Between now and the election in 2017 we’ll be seeing much more. This particular episode is to display our Premier’s assertiveness. It may even have a positive affect (for Liberals) on the two by-elections that will be held shortly. In the long run the “5 conditions” will be met by Kinder Morgan and the pipeline will be a done deal. This announcement will probably be made shortly after Christy’s acceptance speech after the vote in 2017.




  2.  

    You need an explanation as to why or what this is about?

    We have byelections on February 2;/2016…BC Liberals are trying to save their Coquitlam riding…
    Also, ..Kinder Morgan is a long way off before construction gets started..post 2017 election..

    This is crude politics at their worst…Read that press release…This part.

    “Because of this the province is unable to support the project at this time, based on the evidence submitted.”

    At this time?

    BC Liberals have polled extensively in Port Coquitlam and the vast majority oppose Kinder Morgan..

    “B.C. Premier Christy Clark called by-elections on Tuesday for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain after the MLAs in both ridings resigned their seats in order to run in the October 2015 federal election.

    Voters will hit the polls on Feb. 2, 2016 to replace the B.C. NDP’s Jenny Kwan, who was elected as NDP MP for Vancouver East, and B.C. Liberal Doug Horne, who failed to win a seat for the Conservatives in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.”

    http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/01/05/bc-premier-calls-byelections-for-two-metro-van-ridings.html

    And of course the Vancouver Sun..The Province and Global are giving this crude political move all the press it needs..

    Do you need another clue?

    Cut n pasted from this Commonsense Canadian posting…

    “It is unclear what effect the province’s opposition will have on the Kinder Morgan’s future, in light of concerns economist Robyn Allan has raised about the Liberal government’s choice to give away much of its authority on these matters.”

    If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck….For sure it’s a Christy cluck cluck cluck cluck Clark.

    Cheers




  3.  
    Ron Wilton

    This ‘move’ is so out of sync with what we have come to expect from this governance that I fear we are being misled or deceived in some less than transparent way.

    There must be much more to this story and we would be well advised to ferret it out.




  4.  
    Dave

    By implication, the Clark government is saying that Conditions 1, 4, and 5 have been met. Don’t be fooled. All Kinder Morgan has to do is to submit better spill plans and the project gets the green light. Masterful sweeping under the carpet of the three other conditions in one single stroke. The BC Liberal braintrust is pretty good at this.





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