The National Energy Board has less than six-months to redo its environmental review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The federal cabinet has ordered the National Energy Board to return with a new recommendation within 22 weeks on whether the pipeline expansion should proceed after taking a look at the environmental impact of having more than three dozen oil tankers shipping diluted bitumen through the Burrard Inlet every month.
The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval the NEB and the cabinet gave the project in 2016, citing improper consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of review of the marine shipping issue.
Several Indigenous communities, environment groups and the BC government are concerned about the higher risk of oil spills if an expanded pipeline increases oil tanker traffic from five per month to 35.
Another bus service is looking to fill the void.
Canadas largest privately-owned transportation company, the Pacific Western Transportation Group, wants to offer service from Kamloops once Greyhound ceases western operations on Oct 31st.
Director of Business Development John Stepovy says an application has been made to the BC government.
The regional service would offer three routes, Kamloops to Vancouver, Kamloops to Kelowna and Kelowna to Vancouver, running twice a day.
All the routes would include stops in Merritt.
"We've always been people focused. We don't do freight, we focus on the public. We take into account when people like to travel, and we don’t have overnight trips. We do our best to travel during regular daylight hours."
The new service is called Ebus, which is currently operating out of Alberta.
Another bus service, Merritt Bus Services Ltd, has also applied to operate in the region.