BC NDP government hires legal advice for Kinder Morgan challenges

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC NDP government announced on Thursday that they have hired legal help when it comes to the fight against Kinder Morgan.

They have secured Thomas Berger, QC, OC, OBC as external counsel to government in the legal action related to Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline.

“We are committed to fighting for B.C.’s interests and it is government’s desire to seek intervenor status in legal challenges to federal approval of the pipeline expansion and increased oil tanker traffic off B.C.’s coast,” said Eby. “Mr. Berger will provide legal advice to government on the options for participation in legal challenges, and those hearings are scheduled to begin in federal court later this fall.”

Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby made the announcement in Vancouver.

“Our government made it clear that a seven-fold increase in heavy oil tankers in the Vancouver harbour is not in B.C.’s best interests,” said Heyman. “Not for our economy, our environment, or thousands of existing jobs. We will use all available tools to protect our coastal waters and our province’s future.”

The Province says they will continue to ‘explore other tools to hold Kinder Morgan’s project plans to the high standards of environmental protection and Indigenous consultation that British Columbians expect’.

“We committed to using every tool available to defend B.C.’s coast in the face of the threat of expanded tanker traffic.”

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