Thursday, December 6, 2012
Dix Under Fire on Pipeline
NDP leader waffling on Kinder Morgan twinning
Released by Ben James, BC LIberal Caucus/Voice
Dix file photo
Minister Terry Lake is challenging BC NDP leader Adrian Dix to come
clean on his party’s position regarding Kinder Morgan’s proposal to
transport heavy oil.
deserve to know if the NDP has a consistent policy on the
transportation of heavy oil projects through our province,” says
Lake. “Dix is against a pipeline in northern B.C. but can’t take
position on one in southern B.C.? It just doesn’t add up.”
The opposition leader needs to stop dodging the issue and needs to
answer the following questions;
· The concerns you
raised for Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline (NGP) are also
applicable to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMP).
Both pipelines will carry heavy oil across numerous streams and
through First Nations communities to the coast. Once the heavy
oil reaches the coast it will then be transported by tankers to
international markets. Yet you have refused to state what your
position is regarding the Kinder Morgan. How then is the TMP
different than the NGP?
· Your decision to oppose the NGP was made during the Joint
Review Panel’s before all the evidence was submitted. Yet you
have decided to wait to take a position on the TMP even though
its route and its purpose are well known. What then is the
difference between the TMP and NGP that is making you wait to
take a position on the Kinder Morgan project?
· You have stated that if elected the TMP will subject to a
separate provincial review process. How will the provincial
review process work and if it approves the TMP will your
government support the pipeline?
Unlike Adrian Dix, the BC
Liberal government has clearly laid out five minimum requirements
that must be met before British Columbia will consider supporting
heavy oil pipelines that apply to all heavy oil projects in the
“We believe in taking positions based on information and we respect
the Environmental Assessment process where as the NDP pick winners
and losers without due process,” added Lake.
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