Vancouver vs NEB and Pipeline
CBJ — The City of Vancouver has initiated legal action against the Canadian energy regulator’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would increase the number of oil tankers passing through city waters.
Mayor Gregor Robertson called the review by the National Energy Board (NEB) “flawed and biased” and said that it ignored scientific evidence on the consequences of a major oil spill and the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.Vancouver has filed an application for judicial review in an effort to quash the NEB’s decision last month to recommend the approval of Kinder Morgan plans to twin the existing pipeline that carries crude from Alberta to a port in Metro Vancouver.
The regulator said it found the $6.8-billion project, which would boost capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 and the number of oil tankers in Vancouver waters nearly seven-fold, would not cause significant harm to the environment.
The NEB’s recommendation must still be reviewed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, with a final decision expected in December.