‘They are very close to meeting our five conditions’ on oil expansion

Premier Christy Clark. (Govt of BC photo)

Premier Christy Clark. (Govt of BC photo)

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement today (Nov. 30, 2016) on the federal government’s pipeline decisions:

“Yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his decision to reject Northern Gateway and approve the Kinder Morgan Expansion project.

“For four and a half years, British Columbia’s position has been principled, clear, and consistent. Any heavy oil project must meet our five conditions:

1. Receive regulatory approvals

2. World-leading marine-spill response

3. World-leading land-spill response

4. Indigenous participation

5. A fair share of benefits for British Columbia

“For the past four and a half years, we have said we would measure the project against these five clear principles, and that for the expansion of any heavy oil movement through British Columbia, these conditions are the path to get to yes.

“We set these conditions to ensure the interests of British Columbians would come first, and be protected.

“We are pleased with the progress we have made. Recently, in response to our work and our consistent position, the federal government announced a new Ocean Protection Plan to protect our coast. They are very close to meeting our five conditions, but we still need some details on the plan to be certain our coast is protected, and there is still some work to do to ensure that British Columbians get a fair share of the jobs and benefits from this project.

“I told Prime Minister Trudeau I look forward to him coming to British Columbia to share his thinking behind his decision, to tell British Columbians directly about the values and principles that guided him in coming to this decision. I stressed the importance of him coming to our province to talk about why this is in the national interest.

“I look forward to welcoming him to British Columbia very soon.”

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1 Comment on ‘They are very close to meeting our five conditions’ on oil expansion

  1. 2. World-leading marine-spill response. No big deal, they average 8% cleaned up & 92% not.
    3. World-leading land-spill response. I would like to say thanks to Kinder Morgan & Enbridge for how they rushed in to help Husky Energy clean up their spill into the North Saskatchewan River in 20, July 2016 and the recovery of the oil spilled from the US tug US tug Nathan E. Stewart on BC’s coast 13, Oct 2016.
    But, I can’t because they did not.

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