Vancouver City Council has become the first municipality to pursue a judicial review of the province’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
That motion, filed by Green Councillor Adriane Carr, questions if all five of the provincial government’s conditions have been met.
Among those conditions were First Nations consultations and a study into the project’s adverse effects.
Carr is optimistic of their case.
“If we win in court, that will force the provincial government to do a more thorough environmental assessment that it hasn’t done in issuing an environmental approval in the go-ahead to Kinder Morgan.”
Carr says the next steps are having legal staff to prepare the petition for the request for judicial review.
The province gave the $6.8-billion project an environmental assessment certificate last month, while signing a revenue-sharing deal with Kinder Morgan worth up to $50-million a year.
The premier said those moves ticked the final two boxes on her list of five conditions for project approval.