BC government seeks intervener status on Trans Mountain expansion

NDP government won't permit Kinder Morgan to put shovels in ground on public land for pipeline

BC government seeks intervener status on Trans Mountain expansion

A Canadian province says it will join the legal challenge against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Heyman said the government's action will take two forms - legal and consultative.

Minister Heyman says the project will be held to the highest environmental standards as well as thorough consultations with First Nations, particularly regarding environmental certificate requirements.

"He is an expert in this area of law, recognized internationally for his work", Eby said.

NDP government won't permit Kinder Morgan to put shovels in ground on public land for pipeline

"We think he is absolutely the right person to guide us in this".

The project will also add approximately 980 kilometres of new pipeline and reactivate 193 kilometres of existing pipeline.

"It still remains to be seen what the British Columbia government can actually do to stop, or materially delay, the project and how the B.C. government's opposition will be reconciled with Ottawa's approval", said Robert Kwan, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets. The province is the respondent in that case.

The government will also seek advice about a separate lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court, where the Squamish Nation is challenging the provincial approval.

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The project's prospect has become more uncertain after a left-leaning government took power in British Columbia in June, although the administration has since softened its rhetoric.

Heyman said the province would be enforcing consultations on the potential impacts of the project on First Nations and on the environment.

Notley made the comments at another pipeline site, the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project, which begins in Hardisty. Only three have been accepted to date and the other five have been not accepted because they have not, according to the environmental assessment office, met the test of adequate consultation with First Nations.

"Until that has been completed, Kinder Morgan, with the exception of some private land and some clearing of right of way, can not put shovels in the ground", Heyman said, according to a transcript of the news conference.

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"Until it is completed, they are not able to begin work". Pipeline capacity will increase from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.

"The pipeline will go ahead because it is in the best interest of the country as a whole", she said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the expansion last November.

The company agreed to paying the provincial government $1 billion over 20 years - $25 million to $50 million per year, depending on the pipeline's annual revenue. "It's great to see British Columbia taking this strong stand for the climate and for Indigenous rights", the group 350.org said in a statement. "We are, however, looking at every remaining option to defend BC's interests within the law that will be effective and that will withstand a constitutional challenge".

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