B.C. asks court to affirm right to protect environment from heavy oils

British Columbia’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is heading to court with the New Democrat government seeking affirmation

British Columbia’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is heading to court with the New Democrat government seeking affirmation that it has the right to protect its environment from the threat of a heavy oil spill.

The reference case to B.C.’s Court of Appeal throws further uncertainty on the project as cabinet ministers said Thursday it is unlikely a decision will be reached before Kinder Morgan Canada’s May 31 deadline for getting some assurance it can proceed without the threat of more delays.

Premier John Horgan said the reference case is aimed at protecting the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.

“By issuing this reference today we’re confirming we have the jurisdiction to ensure that if there was a catastrophic diluted bitumen spill we have the ability to take steps to protect our economy and our environment,” Horgan said.

It’s the latest move in the escalating dispute over the $7.4-billion project that would double an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., in an effort to sell more fuel to Asian markets.

-with files from the Canadian Press

 

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A proud Métis from BC, Tina began her television career in 1997 as a talent agent for film and TV. She joined APTN National News in 2007 as a Video Journalist in the Vancouver bureau. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Amnesty International Human Rights Journalism Award for her story on murdered and missing women and girls.

2 thoughts on “B.C. asks court to affirm right to protect environment from heavy oils

  1. If we had a Prime Minister who had any back bone what so ever we would not be in this mess. He is making Canada the laughing stock of the world and stopping many major companies from investing in Canada. Not unlike his father he is killing Western Canada. He is pitting province against province. Mr Horgan is a self centred person who cares nothing about the BC coast line. if he was really concerned he would stop all ship traffic into Vancouver so the waters would stay pristine. Unfortunately we are trapped between two idiots here in Alberta.
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  2. If we had a Prime Minister who had any back bone what so ever we would not be in this mess. He is making Canada the laughing stock of the world and stopping many major companies from investing in Canada. Not unlike his father he is killing Western Canada. He is pitting province against province. Mr Horgan is a self centred person who cares nothing about the BC coast line. if he was really concerned he would stop all ship traffic into Vancouver so the waters would stay pristine. Unfortunately we are trapped between two idiots here in Alberta.

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