Vancouver’s mayor says spending $323,000 dollars to fight the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project is a small price to pay.
Gregor Robertson was responding to FOI documents obtained by CKNW showing the city shelled out the majority of the funds, $273,000, on evidence presented to the National Energy Board hearings in 2014 and 2015.
“We made the investment in the research because the national energy board was not looking at the science. There is not good science historically on the impact of oil spills in a city like this and our harbour.”
Robertson says considering the city is on the hook for half a million in the MV Marathassa oil spill, which they’re currently in court trying to recoup, the costs are worth it.
“A small, modest investment in demonstrating what the impact of an oil spill in Vancouver is I think a prudent step right now.”
The dollar figure also includes $24,000 for the website Notworththerisk.ca, $13,000 for a social media campaign including Facebook ads, and $10,000 for ads on online news outlets.
It does not include costs for the city’s ongoing legal attempt to force a judicial review of the project approval.
Critics, including the opposition NPA, call it a waste of money.