B.C. Joins the Fight Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

The Background 

The province of British Columbia is going to battle — well, legal battle. The new NDP government announced that they’d be joining the fight against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The provincial government joins a large group comprised of nearly two dozen conservationist groups and First Nations who are committed to stopping the project in its tracks. B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby made the announcement yesterday, saying they would be seeking outside legal counsel that would allow them to formally back the challenge. CBC

Why You Should Care

If this challenge is successful, it would be a major win for environmentalists. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is expected to “triple the1,150-kilometre pipeline’s capacity to move oil between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.” The $7.4-billion project was approved earlier this year by Ottawa, the National Energy Board and B.C.’s former Liberal government, who all believe the pipeline expansion is in the country (and each province’s) best interest. However, both First Nations and the new B.C. government say the expansion is a mistake and that a “seven-fold increase in heavy oil tankers in the Vancouver harbour is not in B.C.’s best interests.”

What’s Next? 

Hearings are expected to begin in federal court this fall.