KAMLOOPS (February 22, 2019) – Following the National Energy Board’s delivery of its reconsideration report of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project that greenlights the pipeline, the provincial government continues to stand in the way of jobs and economic prosperity for British Columbia and the country as a whole.
“Working families in British Columbia know we need pipelines to feed our economy and promote economic development,” said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar. “This government remains divided on the necessity of pipelines and the need for safe, reliable transportation of energy products. The province’s on-going lawsuit against the federal government on this issue is reckless and irresponsible and signals that Canada is not capable of competing in the global energy sector.”
“The report also indicates that all marine traffic has an impact on the health of orca populations, including BC Ferries,” Milobar added. “Considering the provincial government has 100 per cent jurisdiction over the ferry fleet, I find it ironic that the Horgan government is announcing thousands more round-trip sailings on the very same day the report is delivered, with no plan to address their impact.”
In addition, Premier John Horgan recently held a press conference with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and reiterated their mutual opposition to expansion of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline despite the large volume of tankers travelling our coastline from Alaska to Washington.