Media Statement: April 2nd, 2014
Andrew Weaver and BC Green Party Interim Leader Adam Olsen Approved as Intervenors in NEB Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearings
For Immediate Release
Victoria BC – The National Energy Board has issued the list of approved interveners and commentators for the upcoming hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan – Trans Mountain pipeline project. Out of more than 2100 applicants, 1250 have been accepted to comment and 400 to submit evidence as intervenors and question the proponents, with the formal process to be completed by July 2015.
As the only British Columbia MLA to receive intervenor status, Andrew Weaver’s application was approved both as an individual with relevant information or expertise and as a representative of a directly affected group, the provincial constituency of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. As a scientist, Andrew Weaver will be able to directly question the current knowledge and research on the behavior of diluted bitumen in marine environments, and as a representative of Oak Bay – Gordon Head, he will be seeking input from his constituents as to their concerns about what the impact of greater tanker traffic and potential spills will have in their community.
“I believe that my constituents have the right to have their voices represented and their concerns addressed in these hearings. I look forward to engaging with the community on the potential impacts of this project.” said Andrew Weaver
Adam Olsen, Interim Leader of the BC Green Party, also received intervenor status and will be questioning the legality of the pipeline proposal under the Douglas Treaty and the risks to First Nations and commercial fishing should a spill occur.
“There has been a complete lack of meaningful consultation with First Nations by Kinder Morgan and the Government of Canada. We do not know the impacts on First Nations’ and commercial fisheries if a diluted bitumen spill were to happen on the south coast. There are serious questions to answer,” said Adam Olsen.
Mat Wright – Press Secretary, Andrew Weaver MLA
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