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Christy Clark Tells NEB That Her BC Government Rejects The Kinder Morgan Expansion

Richard 'Hub' Hughes

Richard Hughes

When BC NDP leader Adrian Dix announced, during the last BC election campaign, that he would stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion the MSM went ballistic.

They said that he should have waited until all the studies are in and so on.

Adrian Dix opposed Kinder Morgan's expansion during election.

Adrian Dix opposed Kinder Morgan’s expansion during election.

Now less than a year and half from the next election Christy Clark sends her ‘No Way’ message to the NEB.

It will be entertaining to how the obedient corporate media responds.

Premier Christy Clark's slipperiest move.

Premier Christy Clark’s slipperiest ploy yet.

By contrast Adrian Dix’s position would have saved us 300 million dollars in reviews and studies, all dismissed by Madam Premier.

What is Mr. Dix thinking now? Vindicated, or just rightly pissed off.

Of course it took more than the Kinder Morgan positioning to cost him the election, but it was a significant factor.

 

Here is the story of ‘Christy Clark’s Kinder Morgan moment’ and what might go down as her slipperiest political ploy yet.

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BY CLAUDIA CATTANEO, FINANCIAL POST

Just as the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion seemed to be within striking distance of winning a regulatory permit, the British Columbia government formally requested its rejection Monday in a submission to the National Energy Board (NEB).

The takeaway: Alberta’s – and Canada’s – oil market diversification strategy is unraveling.

The other takeaway: The climate change policy implemented by Alberta’s NDP government to secure pipeline approvals, with much encouragement from Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government, is looking more and more like a lot of pain for zero gain.

Of the four major export pipeline projects proposed to open new markets for Canadian oil production, the TMX expansion should have been the easiest to pull off because it twins a pipeline that has been safely transporting oil from Alberta to the B.C. coast for 60 years.

But in its final argument to the NEB, which is in the last days of a two-year review, B.C. threw the book at the project, claiming: “the company has not provided enough information around its proposed spill prevention and response for the province to determine if it would use a world leading spills regime.”

This after a review that, according to TMX proponent Kinder Morgan, was one of the most comprehensive in the board’s history and involved the filing of a 16,000-page application, answering 17,000 questions, participation of more than 400 intervenors and of 1,250 commenters, not to mention more than $300 million in costs.

Mary Polak, B.C.’s environment minister, didn’t seem to be too concerned Monday that the hard line would scare away investment.

“Companies around the world … know and have known for a long time that British Columbia has very high environmental standards,” she said to reporters.

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1 comment to Christy Clark Tells NEB That Her BC Government Rejects The Kinder Morgan Expansion

  • This is hardly the end of it all

    Kinder Morgan said on Monday that it is confident that further talks with the B.C. government, coupled with its meeting 150 draft conditions the NEB has imposed, will help address B.C.’s concerns. However, the company alone can’t satisfy all of the requirements, it said.

    “The conditions related to world-leading marine oil spill response, recovery and prevention, addressing aboriginal treaty rights and B.C. receiving its ‘fair share’ are all conditions that require multiple parties to come to the table and work together,” it said.

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