Vancouver’s Mayor says he justifies the city spending over $300,000 on an anti-pipeline campaign that went on for two years.
Critics called the decision non-sense.
$20,000 was allocated to ads, and another $282,000 for research in preparation to intervene before the National Energy Board earlier this year.
Mayor Gregor Robertson says the money was well spent to oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
“If you look at potentially billions of dollars of impact on Vancouver’s economy and environment with a major oil spill, if this thing goes through, I think spending on the science and access for Vancouver’s voice in the review of the pipeline is worth doing. We have to make sure our voices are heard.”
Robertson says research was gathered from experts on a national level.
“People in Vancouver are very concerned about the Kinder Morgan Pipeline proposal. Being an intervener in the National Energy Board process, the city took a very active rolleand we gathered evidence from experts all over the world. We invested taxpayer dollars to make sure we presented the strongest possible case.”
Critics said the money could have gone to other causes, like housing.