Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is about to become embroiled in a new legal challenge.
The sections required Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC to have preliminary plans and tree-cutting permits for project-related work approved by the city.
Trans Mountain had raised constitutional questions about such bylaws.
But the city is fighting back.
“The modern practice is that the regulations of all levels of government apply to any project,” said lawyer Greg McDade.
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“B.C. has as much right to have a say over the environment and the pipeline as Alberta or Ottawa.”
The legal challenge comes as tensions escalate between B.C. and Alberta, with the federal government saying it’s determined the project will be built.
“There’s some question over whether you can absolutely stop a project, but to the extent that you can regulate it, both levels of government have powers of environmental regulation,” said McDade.
Meanwhile, the NEB has issued three decisions for the expansion approving the tunnel route through Burnaby.
The $7.4-billion project will expand an existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby.
The proposal was first put forward in 2013.
The National Energy Board (NEB) approved the expansion in 2016, subject to 157 conditions.
The project will involve 980 kilometres of new pipeline, 12 new pump stations and 20 new tanks.
The new line will carry bitumen that’s diluted with a chemical condensate and pump close to 900,000 barrels a day. This would almost triple its current capacity.
~With files from Jesse Ferreras