The B.C. government is formally rejecting Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
Environment Minister Mary Polak says the province has made a submission to the National Energy Board because it believes the company has failed to provide an adequate plan to prevent or respond to an oil spill.
Polak says the government is not pandering to the environmentalist vote, and left the option open to supporting Kinder Morgan’s project in the future.
“We have been working very closely with industry, not just Kinder Morgan but they are one of them, to complete the work on our land-based spills response regime in British Columbia. We expect to be bringing legislation forward this spring.”
Four years ago, the Clark government laid out five conditions to approve any pipeline expansion.
Polak says the government doesn’t think Kinder Morgan has met the conditions, including “world-leading” prevention and response plans if there is a spill on land or water.
The $6.8-billion pipeline proposal calls for the company to twin the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to Burnaby.
The final decision lies with the federal government.