Because of challenges brought by the Squamish Nation and the City of Vancouver, the B.C. Court of Appeal has unanimously ruled that the Province has to re-examine the environmental conditions for the Trans Mountain tanker and pipeline project.
This is an opportunity for the B.C. government to live up to its commitment to defend B.C.’s coast.
The Province can amend existing conditions or add new ones in areas of provincial jurisdiction that were part of the recent reconsideration by the National Energy Board. This is a narrow needle to thread, and we are still considering the implications for the project. We believe this is an opportunity for the Province to look into areas like the possible human health impacts of an oil spill, as well as revisiting how prepared B.C.’s coast is for large oil spills.
This is not the end of the pipeline but it will result in more scrutiny and more delays. As we learn more about the implications of this decision, we will be able to tell you more.