B.C. files final argument to NEB against Trans Mountain Pipeline

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NEB must submit its final report to federal cabinet by Feb. 22

Steel pipe to be used in the oil pipeline construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project sits on rail cars at a stockpile site in Kamloops, British Columbia. The plan to twin the existing 1,150 kilometre-long pipeline has been indefinitely suspended. (Dennis Owen/Reuters)

The Government of British Columbia has filed its final argument in the National Energy Board’s (NEB) reconsideration of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

The submission recommends against approval of the project and outlines concerns about the impact an oil spill could have on the environment and coast, as well as the ability to effectively respond to a spill.

“The province maintains the proponent has failed to prove the case that twinning the existing pipeline and significantly expanding current volumes of bitumen crossing B.C. is necessary,” said a statement from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

The province’s submission also highlights the potential impacts that increased oil tanker traffic would have on southern resident killer whales.