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NDP government joins battle against pipeline

NDP government joins battle against pipeline

NDP Environment Minister George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby jointly announced Thursday Aug. 10 that the province will launch two legal strategies to halt the expansion, which has been granted both federal and provincial approval through the National Energy Board and the BC Environmental Assessment Office.

The first is a judicial review of the National Energy Board's recommendation to go ahead with the project.

We haven't heard any reaction yet from the Alberta NDP.

"Going forward, we intend to review policies to outline how our government expects to meet all of our commitments to First Nations as well as our commitments to all British Columbians to defend our air land and water this review will clarify and develop government policies for decision-makers as they evaluate all future permits and work plans we know with the federal government's Government's approval of this project that the path forward will be challenging but we're committed to stepping up and fighting for BC's interests".

In a release, Interim Leader Rich Coleman says "Today's announcement by the NDP continues to drive the message home to investors that our province is not open for business or investment of any kind and is willing to forfeit an nearly $20 billion increase to our GDP". Hearings are scheduled to begin on those cases later in the fall.

Kinder Morgan said in a statement it takes the British Columbia government's comments seriously and remains willing to meet with provincial officials.

Protesters hold a rally at City Hall before a march against the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 19, 2016.

"Until those plans are completed, Kinder Morgan - with the exception of private land, and with the exception of some clearing of right-of-way - can not put shovels in the ground", he said.

"Until those plans are completed, Kinder Morgan, with the exception of private land and some clearing of rights of way, can not put shovels in the ground". Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said she does not think the British Columbia government will block the project as it no longer says it will "stop" it.

In addition, the Squamish First Nation has gone to court to challenge the adequacy of the consultation process by the province.

Mr. Heyman added the province would seek "intervenor status" in a lawsuit headed to Canada's Federal Court that aims to overturn Ottawa's approval. Kinder Morgan Canada's stock price fell 3.6% in trading on Toronto stock market, closing the session at C$17.28.

"We have undertaken thorough, extensive and meaningful consultations with Aboriginal Peoples, communities and individuals and remain dedicated to those efforts and relationships".

"Kinder Morgan does not have the permits it needs, and there is now even greater doubt that they will secure them", Hudema said.

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