January 21, 2019 6:38 pm
Updated: January 22, 2019 2:21 pm

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

A group of environmental activists is calling on the National Energy Board to consider modern climate science in its final recommendations for the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Neetu Garcha has more.


An environmental group wants the National Energy Board to reconsider the Trans Mountain expansion project’s impact on climate change, especially in relation to greenhouse gas emissions and the marine environment.

Stand.earth filed a motion with the board asking it to apply the same standard to the project as it did with the Energy East pipeline, before it submits its final report to the federal government on Feb. 22.

The group’s spokesman Sven Biggs says the board rejected the group’s attempts to put climate change on the agenda in 2014 and again last year but scientists have recently said its impacts are worse than expected so the issue is more pressing.

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Biggs says the federal government has never done a proper climate review of the Trans Mountain project but there’s still a chance that could change.

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Stand.earth says the project would lead to more carbon dioxide in the air getting absorbed into the ocean, causing higher acidity levels that would impact endangered killer whales.

A spokesman for the board says the submission had not yet been reviewed on the project.

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