B.C.’s environment minister ‘disappointed’ appeal will not be heard in Trans Mountain case

B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman says Alberta has no reason to shut off oil shipments to the province. Richard Zussman/Global News

British Columbia’s environment minster, George Heyman, is disappointed after learning the Federal Court of Appeal will not be hearing the province’s application.

The news comes after B.C. said the National Energy Board (NEB) decided to bypass the City of Burnaby’s laws when granting Trans Mountain work orders on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Heyman said this decision allows for local rules and regulations to be “needlessly undermined.”

Last fall, B.C. was granted intervener status in the hearing to challenge the NEB’s decision to approve the project.

Watch below: On March 26, 2018, Tom Vernon filed this report about another court victory having Alberta Premier Rachel Notley confident that construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will begin this year. 

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Heyman said the B.C. NDP will continue to explore other legal ways to “defend the interests of British Columbians against this unnecessary project.”

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who wants to see the project move ahead, called the decision “another step forward for market access, the national climate plan, and a strong Canadian economy.”

Back in February, the City of Burnaby also filed an appeal on the same matter.

READ MORE: Burnaby appealing NEB decision that let Kinder Morgan bypass sections of city’s bylaws

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