WHEREAS the Liberal Party 2015 platform promised, “We will make decisions using the best data available” but the NEB approval process disregarded important scientific data;
WHEREAS the Liberal Party 2015 platform promised, “We will make environmental assessments credible again” but the TMX ministerial panel heard that “the NEB did not compel Trans Mountain to answer questions more fully — or sometimes at all”;
WHEREAS the Liberal Party 2015 platform stated: “Canadians must be able to trust that government will engage in appropriate regulatory oversight, including credible environmental assessments, and that it will respect the rights of those most affected, such as Indigenous communities” but the process dismissed important facts and disregarded First Nations rights;
WHEREAS Justin Trudeau stated, “While governments grant permits for resource development, only communities can grant permission” (later committed to in the Liberal Party’s platform) but the decision was made without social license from affected communities (see attached Union of BC Municipalities Resolution LR2 “Environmental Assessment of Trans Mountain Expansion Project”);
WHEREAS the Liberal government kept the above promises in the case of Energy East and re-started the approval process;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada support re-starting the approval process for the Kinder Morgan expansion project, following the principles outlined in the election platform.
Contact: John Culley
 The TMX ministerial panel noted that many Canadians felt the NEB’s approval “left gaps — in knowledge and public confidence — that were so significant that the Board’s recommendation could not, of itself, support a government approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline project”: https://thetyee.ca/News/2016/11/28/Kinder-Morgan-Trudeau-Questions/
Re-start the Approval Process for the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project
MOTION ON NOTICE
Support for UBCM Resolution LR2
MOVER: Councillor Reimer
- The current National Energy Board (NEB) assessment of the Trans
Mountain Expansion Project has proven to be deeply flawed and
- The Union of BC Municipalities endorsed the City of Victoria’s
emergency resolution (LR2) in September 2014 calling
on the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) of the Province of British Columbia to undertake its own Environmental Assessment process of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and withdraw from the 2010 Equivalency Agreement with the NEB, but no response has been received to date from the Province.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
- T H AT the City of Vancouver affirms its support for the 2014 UBCM Resolution (LR2) calling on the Province of British Columbia to withdraw from the 2010 Equivalency Agreement with the NEB and undertake its own Environmental Assessment process of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, with meaningful participation by First Nations, municipalities and all interested British Columbians.
- T H AT Vancouver City Council request the Lower Mainland Local
Government Association endorse the 2014 UBCM Resolution LR2 and call for a prompt response by the Province.
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Resolution Title Environmental Assessment of Trans Mountain Expansion Project
WHEREAS the Environmental Assessment Office of the Province of British Columbia (“the EAO”) entered into an Agreement in 2010 with the National Energy Board (“NEB”) under which the EAO accepts that the NEB assessment of a pipeline constitutes the equivalent of an assessment under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act;
AND WHEREAS Trans Mountain’s responses to motions filed in early July 2014 by intervenors in the NEB hearing process for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project demonstrate that Trans Mountain is failing to adequately respond to written information requests, which are the only opportunity for intervenors to test and clarify Trans Mountain’s evidence;
AND WHEREAS this failure to respond to written information requests means that intervenors are not able to properly prepare their own evidence and participate meaningfully in the assessment process for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, in contravention of the preamble to the Agreement, which states that any assessment of a project pursuant to the National Energy Board Act would take into account any comments submitted during the assessment process by the public and Aboriginal peoples:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UBCM request that the Province direct the EAO to withdraw formally from the Agreement pursuant to Clause 6 thereof and undertake its own Environmental Assessment process for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which should include sufficient opportunity for meaningful participation by all interested British Columbians.