The BC government planning a legal challenge of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Attorney General David Eby told reporters this morning that the NDP minority government has hired outside council, and remain committed to fighting for the province's interests by seeking intervenor status in legal challenges to federal approval of the pipeline expansion.
"The Environmental Assessment Office has advised me that consultations on the environmental management plans, which the company was required to prepares as a part of the environmental assessment certificate, are still outstanding and incomplete. These plans concern grizzly bears, vegetation and weed management, archeology, the Coldwater aquifer, and work force accommodation impacts."
Eby also says the province will fulfil its duty of meaningful consultation with Indigenous people concerning the project, including consultations regarding potential impacts to Aboriginal rights and title.
Until these consultations are completed in a way that meets the Province's legal obligations, work on the project on public lands, which was supposed to begin in September, cannot proceed.