Monday, April 22, 2013
Still Up In Air
wants province to have more say in federal decisions
Released by Adrian Dix, BCNDP
Leader/Voice file photo
know that the NDP has taken a clear position on the Enbridge
Northern Gateway pipeline. We believe it is not in the economic or
environmental interests of British Columbia.
We also believe the Liberal
government made a mistake by signing over decision-making authority
to the Harper government in Ottawa. It is not acceptable that the
Harper government’s decision on Enbridge has become the decision of
the people of BC.
That’s why in the first week of an NDP government, we will take back
that decision making authority. We believe that that is the
appropriate approach—that a decision that has so much impact on the
economy and environment of British Columbia should be made here in
Of course, the Enbridge pipeline isn’t the only pipeline proposal BC
faces. Kinder Morgan has a proposal currently in the pre-application
stage. Kinder Morgan has an existing pipeline, which has been used
largely to serve the west coast market, including the Chevron
refinery in Metro Vancouver and other refineries such as Cherry
Point in Washington State. Only about 80,000 barrels per day of the
current pipeline is exported via tanker from Vancouver.
The Kinder Morgan proposal as we understand it, would dramatically
transform what that pipeline does and would dramatically transform
the Port of Vancouver. The Kinder Morgan pipeline would become a
pipeline designed for oil sands bitumen export, with increasing
dramatically the barrels per day passing through the Port of
Vancouver via tankers.
We have to wait to see a formal application, but I don’t think that
the Port of Metro Vancouver, as busy and as successful as it is,
should become a major oil export facility.
We will conduct a made-in-BC review of the Kinder Morgan proposal
and decisions will be made here in BC.
Our position is clear: we do not believe any proposal should
transform Vancouver into a major port for oil export.
In this election, more of the same means Stephen Harper decides
what’s right for BC. Change for the better means a made-in-BC
approach to protecting our environment and our coasts.
Copyright (c) 2013 The Valley Voice
NDP Opposition to
Kinder Morgan Pipeline Great News on Earth Day
Released by Ben West, Wilderness
Vancouver, BC – Speaking at a campaign stop in Kamloops on the morning
of April 22nd 2013, Earth Day, BC NDP leader, Adrian Dix commented that
he did not feel that the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal was
"Taking a stance against the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal is a
fantastic way for Adrian Dix and the NDP to commemorate Earth Day," said
Ben West Tar Sands Campaign Director for ForestEthics Advocacy.
Up until now the NDP had made it clear that they were strongly opposed
to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The NDP has committed to
withdrawing from the environmental assessment equivalency agreement with
federal government and create a made-in-BC process that would apply to
both the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines. Today's announcement was
the clearest sign from the BC NDP that they would actively oppose the
Kinder Morgan pipeline.
"We are happy to hear that the BC NDP intends to stand up to the Harper
government and defend our coast and our climate by opposing both of
these pipelines," said West. "Dix has a clear lead in the polls and This
announcement sends a strong message that an NDP-led government intends
to listen to First Nations and BC communities and work with the
environmental movement to move beyond this focus on pipelines and
tankers to opening up a discussion about how we can create a green
economy we can all be proud of," said West.