VANCOUVER – Ecojustice lawyer, Karen Campbell made the following statement in response to federal Cabinet’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project and rejection of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline:
“While we are glad that Cabinet has rejected Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, this does not change the fact that approving the Kinder Morgan project flies in the face of precautionary, evidence-based decision-making and takes Canada in the wrong direction on climate change.
“The federal government insists that it is committed to acting on climate change, but approving Kinder Morgan’s project contradicts its promises and undermines the government’s climate strategy and its international commitments.
“The Kinder Morgan project will put communities and ecosystems on the pipeline route and on the tanker route at risk like Northern Gateway would have – and it probably means extinction for the Southern Resident killer whales.
“As we have said in our clients’ ongoing legal challenge to the National Energy Board’s report on the Kinder Morgan project, the Board failed to apply the Species at Risk Act and mitigate impacts on Southern Resident killer whales before it recommended that Cabinet approve the project. Now Cabinet has based its approval of this project on that unlawful report. This chain of flawed decision-making jeopardizes the survival of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales.”
Ecojustice lawyers will be working with their clients Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation in the coming weeks to consider their legal options.