A day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave the go-ahead for the Trans Mountain project, Premier Christy Clark has spoken publicly about the controversial project saying B.C.’s five conditions must be met before giving approval.
She says almost all the conditions have been met but that progress still being made on two of them; one what she calls BC getting its “fair share of the economic benefits.”
The other; getting the spill response right.
“On the spill response on the ocean side, there is still some work to do. We aren’t clear on all of the details of the ocean protection plan but I should say as I did when I announced it, the ocean protection plan is a really positive response to all of the work we’ve done over the past 4.5 years with the federal government to make sure our coast is better protected.”
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Clark says her government also wants assurances on jobs and the economic benefits for B.C.
The Premier says she’s urging Prime Mister Trudeau to come to the province and explain his decision to approve the controversial Trans Mountain project to British Columbians.
B.C.’s five conditions:
- “Successful completion of the environmental review process.”
- “World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.’s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines and shipments.”
- “World-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines.”
- “Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights are addressed, and First Nations are provided with the opportunities, information and resources necessary to participate in and benefit from a heavy-oil project.”
- “British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy oil project that reflects the level, degree and nature of the risk borne by the province, the environment and taxpayers.”
Kinder Morgan working on conditions
Meanwhile, the President of Kinder Morgan Canada, Ian Anderson, says the company will continue to work on two of the five conditions that have yet to be met to gain B.C.’s support of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
“I echo the words of Premier Christy Clark, in that we are making progress. I look forward to the resolution and satisfaction of that work in the days ahead,”said Anderson when asked how close the company was to reaching an agreement on condition five – which calls for a fair share of economic benefits for the province.
As for meeting the condition of a world-leading spill response system…he says the B.C. government and Kinder Morgan are well on the path to checking that off the list.
Anderson adds the company will continue to engage with First Nation groups who aren’t on board with the pipeline, especially here in the lower mainland.
John Horgan says Premier has failed British Columbians
But the province’s NDP leader is accusing the Premier of flipping the switch on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline and throwing her support behind a “seven-fold” increase in tanker traffic.
“She started with five conditions, she claims she’s been consistent on that. Conditions haven’t been met but she’s still ok with that.”
Horgan says Clark has failed to stand up for British Columbians.
And reacting to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley paying the province a visit early next week to sell the pipeline, he says she’s always welcome here but they each have their own job to do.
“Her responsibility is clearly to the people of Alberta, my responsibility is clearly to the people of British Columbia.”
Horgan says he expects to meet with Notley and discuss the NDP’s view of the pipeline.
With files from Emily Lazatin