Trans Mountain-Burnaby Dispute: British Columbia also wants to appeal

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British Columbia also wants to appeal a decision allowing Kinder Morgan to waive certain regulations of the City of Burnaby to expand its Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Victoria announced its intention in a joint statement on Saturday. This announcement comes a day after Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver calling for an extension.

The province and municipality are attacking a decision of the National Energy Board (NEB) giving due in December, Kinder Morgan, which argued that it was Burnaby obstruction.

“The province’s position is that the NEB made a mistake of fact or of law in too broadly defining federal jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines,” Victoria said in a statement. She indicates that the Federal Court of Appeal will consider the application.

The completion of the expansion project accelerated this week as the NEB kicked off immediate work in Burnaby.

A pipeline that has people devided

The debate around Trans Mountain is a big issue in Western Canada.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan has recently considered reducing the movement of diluted bitumen on its territory, which the neighboring province of Alberta has interpreted as an impediment to the project.

It is counting on Trans Mountain to be created to create jobs in its oil industry, hurt by falling oil prices.

In response to John Horgan’s position, his counterpart in Alberta, Rachel Notley, notably blocked wine imports from British Columbia. She is also considering “other strategies” if the Horgan government does not bend.

The expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline would increase its capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil per day to 890,000. Many Aboriginal groups and environmentalists are also opposed.

Sam is a freelance writer who has experience writing in the digital world for 4 years after he quit his job. Sam’s interests in current world affairs gave him the drive to pursue a career in journalism. Sam originates from Russia, lived in Canada for a short time between 2011 and 2013, then moved to New York to pursue his career.


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