Vancouver Sun: NDP has yet to put price tag on ‘defending B.C.’s interests’ in pipeline expansion fight

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August 14 2017 | Derrick Penner

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The province has set out its initial steps to “protect B.C.’s interests” with respect to Kinder Morgan’s $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, but has so far declined to say how much it expects that effort to cost.

Attorney General David Eby has declined to say how much taxpayers are paying external legal counsel, Thomas Berger, to offer his advice on the province’s legal options, citing lawyer-client privacy.

“The arrangements with Mr. Berger are privileged as their release would reveal details on government’s proposed course of legal action in relation to Trans Mountain,” Eby said in brief emailed statement in response to Postmedia’s request for information.

He added that “(costs) for external counsel will be disclosed at fiscal year end.”

Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman last Thursday revealed that government had retained Berger — one of Canada’s preeminent minds on First Nations law — to advise it on options to seek intervener status in the Federal Court case in which 21 other parties are challenging the federal approval of the project following what they argue was a flawed National Energy Board review process.

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