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B.C. applies to intervene in National Energy Board review of Trans Mountain expansion

Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm PDT

FILE: A aerial view of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain marine terminal, in Burnaby, B.C., is shown on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The National Energy Board has less than six months to redo its environmental review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, this time taking into account the impact of additional oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

B.C. has applied to be an intervener in the National Energy Board review of the Trans Mountain expansion

B.C. Green Party has also applied to intervene

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The B.C. government is so unhappy over the timeline for the National Energy Board’s new look at the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, it has applied to become an intervener in that process. The B.C. Greens have also applied to intervene.

Environment minister George Heyman says they feel 22 weeks isn’t long enough to examine the project thoroughly, or give Indigenous communities a chance to participate.

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“When the Federal Court of Appeal found a failure to consider the risks of marine tanker traffic resulting from the project, and that consultation with First Nations was inadequate, the concerns we’ve consistently raised were validated,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “In registering as an intervener in this new NEB review, our focus remains on fully defending the interests of British Columbians and protecting our environment, our economy and our coast.”

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The government says they want to advocate for a process that engages with communities and Indigenous groups in a more meaningful way. They say having the ability for them to do cross-examination in the process is essential to protecting marine life.