Vancouver City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to take the province to court over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
Green Councillor Adriane Carr says the province failed in its environmental assessment of the controversial project and is calling for a judicial review of the approval.
She says the province hasn’t studied what would happen in the case of a bitumen spill and didn’t let British Columbians weigh-in.
“Scientific Studies which as I say, I don’t see that the province has done. It also includes really robust consultation with first nations and with the public.”
The province gave the green light to the pipeline last month, saying it had met all of Premier Christy Clark’s five conditions, including an environmental assessment and world-class marine spill response.
“It seems absolutely impossible that the provincial government could issue an environmental permit and say that we’ve got world leading ocean spill responses in place when there have been no studies on how bitumen acts in water, and what kind of technologies would would be used if it’s even possible to clean up such a spill.”
In a statement from the province, they say:
“This project was given approval by the Trudeau government last November and attached 157 conditions.
Approval was given after a lengthy environmental review process conducted by the federal government.”
The environmental review process is led by professional staff whose analysis and recommendations are then forwarded to elected officials for decision.
The province signed an environmental certificate for the project last month, subject to 37 conditions.
It won federal approval in November, after getting the green light from the National Energy Board subject to 157 conditions in May.