BC seeks intervenor status in legal challenges to Trans Mountain Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project's Westeridge loading dock

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project's Westeridge loading dock

The B.C. government wants to join a legal challenge against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, as part of its attempt to kill the project.

"Our government made it clear that a seven-fold increase in heavy oil tankers in the Vancouver harbour is not in B.C.'s best interests".

"We will, as we have stated repeatedly, use every tool available [to stop it]".

"We are committed to fighting for B.C.'s interests and it is government's desire to seek intervenor status in legal challenges to federal approval of the pipeline expansion and increased oil tanker traffic off B.C.'s coast", added Eby.

The company must complete consultations with First Nations on several environmental aspects of the project not yet addressed, and may not begin work on public land until it does so, Heyman said.

Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema has issued a statement praising the government's action and declaring that it's "yet another indication that this pipeline will never be built".

Kinder Morgan can engage in construction on its own property and in the province of Alberta, so Anderson's statement doesn't directly contradict what Heyman said.

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"We are committed to working with the province and permitting authorities in our ongoing process of seeking and obtaining necessary permits and permissions", said Kinder Morgan president Ian Anderson in the release.

That leaves the new BC government in a hard position, but Eby said he is confident that hiring Berger sends the right message.

Werner Antweiler, associate professor at the University of BC's Sauder School of Business, doesn't think the B.C. government has a very strong case because, ultimately, interprovincial pipelines are a federal jurisdiction.

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. "Not for our economy, our environment, or thousands of existing jobs". It was supported by British Columbia's former BC Liberal premier, Christy Clark who was ousted in June by NDP Leader John Horgan.

George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby announced the NDP government's first actions to fight the federally approved $7.4 billion pipeline on Thursday.

But shares in Kinder Morgan Canada and Houston-based parent Kinder Morgan Inc fell soon after the minister's comments and ended down 3.7 percent and 1.8 percent respectively. "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 construction activities in September".

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