VANCOUVER — Karen Campbell, Ecojustice lawyer, made the following statement in response to the National Energy Board’s recommendation to conditionally approve Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion:
“The federal government is the final decision-maker on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and has the power to stop it from being built. The only way it can truly deliver on the bold promises it’s made to take action on climate change is to reject this pipeline.
“We have represented Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation throughout the review process and have said continuously that Kinder Morgan’s application has failed to provide the necessary information to assess the project’s many risks, including its effects on endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, threats to people and communities in the region, and the potential impacts of a major oil spill in the Fraser River or the Salish Sea.
“The NEB’s review process of Kinder Morgan was flawed from the get-go and there is no way to justify an approval as a result. The solution to fix it is simple. All the federal government has to do is say no.”