British Columbia has filed an application to be an intervenor in the National Energy Boardâ€™s review of Kinder Morganâ€™s Trans Mountain Expansion project.
â€œAs an intervenor, we will be able to take an active role at the panelâ€™s hearings to ensure that we represent the interests of the people of B.C.,â€ Environment Minister Mary Polak said. â€œWe are committed to ensuring that this project meets the highest standards of environmental protection and protects British Columbians from financial and environmental risk, if it does proceed.â€
B.C.â€™s five key requirements that must be met before the province will consider support of any heavy oil pipeline are:
* Successful completion of the environmental review process.
* World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.â€™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.
â€œWe have made it clear that B.C. will only consider supporting a heavy-oil pipeline proposal if it satisfies our five conditions,â€ Polak said. â€œThat applies to Kinder Morganâ€™s Trans Mountain Expansion project.â€