The City of Vancouver has made its case to a new ministerial panel reviewing the Trans Mountain expansion.
Not worth the risk: that was the message delivered by Mayor Gregor Robertson to a three-member panel to review Kinder Morgan’s proposal.
Robertson came armed with studies he says the National Energy Board refused to hear.
“Because the NEB process was so bad, there’s no way the federal government can really make an informed decision based on that. Too many people were shut out of the process, and too much evidence was ignored.”
Environmental agencies say a worst-case spill would be 600 per cent larger than last year’s English Bay incident, putting birds, salmon, and orca whales at risk.
“If the federal government approves the Kinder Morgan proposal, there’ll be huge impact on their support on the west coast.”
Economically, it says Vancouver’s ocean-based green economy could lose up to $600-million.
Robertson says the NEB process has undermined peoples’ faith in democracy and is calling for a reboot.
Robertson isn’t the only elected official speaking up about the review process of the project.
The panel is on it’s 13th of a total 18 meetings, and will report to Ottawa in November with a cabinet’s decision by year’s end.