Last week the BC government said it won’t support Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, and today environmentalists came out to make their protests against it heard.
Final National Energy Board oral hearings into the project got underway today at the Delta Burnaby Hotel – met by about 60 demonstrators outside.
One of the demonstrators’ chief complaints into the hearing process, says organizer Mary Lovell, has been the exclusion of the impacts of climate change from the agenda.
“And so we’re making our voices heard outside and demanding that Justin Trudeau scrap this national energy board process, which isn’t considering climate change or downstream effects or upstream effects.”
Lovell says she knows at least 450 people who wanted to speak at the hearings who were denied the opportunity.
Another protester who gave his name as Khalid, echoed those climate concerns.
“It’s my future on the line; If we want to deal with climate crisis, we’re going to have to keep fossil fuels in the ground, and there is no way we can do that by expanding the most dirtiest source of oil on the earth, being the tar sands.”
Hearings were suspended last summer to avoid a perceived conflict of interest after a Kinder Morgan consultant took a job with the NEB.
Hearings in Burnaby run until Jan. 29th, before moving to Calgary.
If approved, the expansion would triple the amount of crude shipped through the pipeline.