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.
“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.”
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.
— BC Green Party (@BCGreens) October 3, 2018