Vancouver’s mayor welcomes interim pipeline review changes introduced by the federal government, but adds they come too late.
Gregor Robertson says the changes are important but haven’t changed much from the city’s point of view.
“It is important to see these changes but that does not affect our strong negative stance against the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal. Nothing has changed. The process was flawed but the proposal itself is a huge risk to Vancouver and the environmental and economic impact mean it is a no go for our city.”
Robertson was asked if the interim changes give him hope promised reforms to the National Energy Board by the Trudeau government will improve the review process.
“Hard to know at this point. I think public trust has been betrayed in the NEB process to date. Both the Kinder Morgan and the Enbridge proposals were travesties at the NEB. I do not have much faith that tweaking the process right now will make much difference.”
He says the Trudeau government needs to make significant policy and legislative changes to the NEB to ensure it is acting in the public good.
Ottawa unveiled the new rules earlier this week as an ‘interim’ measure while it hammers out a new pipeline approval process.
It grants regulators four additional months to assess pipeline proposals already under reviews.
But it also requires regulators to consider upstream greenhouse gas emissions, and include greater First Nations participation.