With the new federal government pledging to reform it, the National Energy Board has released the results of public consultations held last year on pipeline safety.
Travelling through 34 communities across Canada in the first part of 2015, the NEB held 80 meetings, including 11 in B.C.
What it heard back wasn’t surprising.
People want to protect the environment from potential pipeline failures, and in particular, keep waterways and land safe.
The second most common theme? Concerns about a process that doesn’t appear to listen to the public.
And finally, worries about emergency response plans: Are the resources and infrastructure in place to react if things go wrong?
The NEB is promising to be more responsive to the needs of Canadians, but it may be too little too late, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he plans to launch a new pipeline approval process.
Meanwhile, the City of Vancouver says it has handed in final submissions to the National Energy Board, reaffirming council’s opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion.
Vancouver has long been vocal about concerns with the project, in particular risks to the city, the company’s history of spills, and the ability to respond to a disaster.
The city adds a recent online survey of 5,000 people found 80 per cent were opposed to the project.
You can read the entire NEB report here: