Amita Kuttner with North Vancouver Green Candidate George Orr at the NEB Decision Rally in Downtown Vancouver

Regarding the NEB’s Review

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2019, Vancouver.

We strongly oppose the National Energy Board’s renewed approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, and disagree that the pipeline remains in the public interest of Canada. This opposition is rooted in the climate change impacts that the Trudeau government specifically excluded from the NEB’s review of pipeline project.

The NEB concluded the following:

  • “Project-related marine shipping is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects on the Southern resident killer whale and on Indigenous cultural use associated with the Southern resident killer whale”
  • “Greenhouse gas emissions from Project-related marine vessels would likely be significant.”
  • “[If] a credible worst-case spill from the Project or a Project-related marine vessel […] were to occur the environmental effects would be significant.”

Despite these conclusions, the NEB recommended “that the Government of Canada find that they can be justified” based on dubious economic claims. The NEB has also provided 16 new recommendations to the Government of Canada, but the government is free to ignore these recommendations without any penalty. The recommendations are, however, worded in such a way that the Federal Government will be able to claim that they are following the majority of them without actually doing anything new.

Given that the Trudeau government specifically excluded climate concerns from the NEB’s review, we have no faith that they will attempt to follow any ecological recommendations, or heed any warnings about adverse environmental effects. The Trudeau government has shown through this process that it does not care about the Paris Climate Agreement, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Species At Risk Act, or the safety and wellbeing of the millions of Canadian citizens who live on the shores of the Salish Sea.

Amita attended the NEB decision rally in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 22nd, and the gathering was much larger than the pro-pipeline protest Amita recently witnessed in Ottawa. “It is as clear as ever that our community does not consent to the pipeline expansion. Given the warnings in the NEB decision report, we call on the Trudeau government to not go through with the project.”