The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected an appeal from the BC Government to regulate what can flow through the Trans Mountain pipeline.
The Province wanted the ability to require companies to have permits before shipping heavy oil through the pipeline. Under a permit system, the province would be able to withhold them if a company didn’t show efforts to prevent a spill or polices in which to clean up a potential spill.
Following the ruling political leaders from BC weighed in.
"Clearly, we are disappointed by the decision, but this does not reduce our concerns regarding the potential of a catastrophic oil spill on our coast,” said Premier John Horgan. "Our government takes our responsibility to defend the interests of British Columbians seriously. When it comes to protecting our coast, our environment, and our economy, we will continue to do all we can within our jurisdiction."
“John Horgan and the NDP have continued their losing streak with the courts today after the Supreme Court of Canada rejected David Eby’s bogus legal argument,” said MLA Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal Leader. “John Horgan knew the federal government held clear jurisdiction over the pipeline but he spent millions of dollars just in political posturing. When will the NDP stop the political games and let British Columbians get to work on a project supported by a majority of people in our province?”
“David Eby must come clean with British Columbians about how many taxpayer dollars he has wasted on this anti-pipeline crusade to date,” concluded Wilkinson. “British Columbians deserve to know how much has been spent and how many hospital beds or units of affordable housing those tax dollars could have funded instead.”
BC’s attempted appeal is in part what led to Kinder Morgan selling the expansion project to the Federal Government.
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