Tuesday, January 26, 2015
Flaw and Order
Environmental Groups Condemn Kinder Morgan NEB Hearings
Karen Mahon, FEA
Nations and environmental groups are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau
to stop the Kinder Morgan process and honour his promise to restore
credibility to the environmental assessment process.
believe the process is so catastrophically flawed, there is no way that
a final recommendation from the NEB can be considered credible.
“Today we stand
in solidarity with these other nations and organizations to protect
our lands, air and water not only for ourselves but for the
generations to come” said Carleen Thomas with the Sacred Trust of Tsleil-Waututh
“The Prime Minister said repeatedly during the election that the
process is flawed and must be fixed, but so far we’ve seen nothing.
The clock is ticking for Ottawa to fulfill this key election
promise,” said Kai Nagata of the Dogwood Initiative. “Every day
these hearings proceed, more damage is done”.
“Public faith in the NEB is at an all time low. The Trudeau
government needs to act now and undo the unfair changes made by
Stephen Harper,” said Karen Campbell, a lawyer at Ecojustice.
“Given last week’s Supreme Court Decision, the Province must now
make its own decision on Kinder Morgan. We expect them to look at
all the evidence on dilbit—unlike the NEB, who refused to allow us
to file the latest report,” said Karen Wristen of Living Oceans
“While the plummeting price of oil has our government scrambling to
approve a pipeline to get more oil to tidewater, we cannot let
Vancouver become a national sacrifice zone. If this pipeline were
built we would see more than 400 oil tankers in Vancouver’s harbour
each year. This is an unacceptable threat to our health, ecosystems
and economies on the West Coast,” said Karen Mahon of ForestEthics
There will be 55 First Nations, organizations and other intervenors
presenting arguments during the NEB hearings in Burnaby. Fifty of
them oppose the pipeline, but there is little hope their voices will
be heard. The NEB is widely expected to approve the pipeline in May.
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