BC government comes out against Kinder Morgan
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.