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BC Government vows to fight Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline expansion project

BC Government vows to fight Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline expansion project

The government of British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, vowed Thursday to use every legal option to stop construction of Kinder Morgan Inc.'s planned expansion of a pipeline connecting the Alberta oil sands with the Pacific Coast.

The BC government is taking action against the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.

Berger, 84, fits the bill on many counts for the new government.

Rich Coleman, the leader of the opposition B.C. Liberals, also released a statement, saying the NDP's move "continues to drive home to investors that our province is not open for business or investment of any kind".

Eby hailed the appointment of Berger, who chaired the federal government's Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry in 1974 and two other royal commissions on family law and Indigenous healthcare.

Eby said Berger is still active, including appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada a year ago.

"Going forward we will be reviewing policies to outline how our government expects to further meet our commitments to First Nations as well as to all British Columbians with regard to defending our air, land and water", said Heyman.

"It (the B.C. government) is not attempting in my view to counteract the authority of the federal government to move forward on the pipeline that's been approved, that will be built", she said.

Attorney General David Eby said the province is working within its constitutional powers to challenge the pipeline.

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If granted, the province would be allowed to fully back the challenges, even though it isn't named in the lawsuits.

Heyman said the province would be enforcing consultations on the potential impacts of the project on First Nations and on the environment.

Kinder Morgan can engage in construction on its own property and in the province of Alberta, so Anderson's statement doesn't directly contradict what Heyman said.

This relates to the fact that Kinder Morgan has to meet certain requirements according to the environmental assessment certificate issued by the previous government, he said.

"The other five have been not accepted because they have not met the test of adequate consultation with First Nations".

Heyman told reporters that the company "cannot put shovels in the ground" on public land as the government awaits advice from lawyer Tom Berger, an expert in Indigenous legal issues. Canadian crude producers, whose landlocked product trades at a discount, say they need the expansion to access new markets and command better prices. Hearings are scheduled to begin on those cases later in the fall. "Not for our economy, our environment, or thousands of existing jobs".

Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada, said in a statement the company is reviewing the announcement.

"We have undertaken thorough, extensive and meaningful consultations with Aboriginal Peoples, communities and individuals and remain dedicated to those efforts and relationships".