Vancouver Files for Judicial Review to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion

Waters and Skyline of North Vancouver, CC BY-SA 2.0,

The city of Vancouver has filed an application for judicial review of the National Energy Board’s recommended approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.

The city posted a statement on its website saying that the review process for the project is “both invalid and unlawful,” claiming that the NEB failed to properly consult local communities along the pipeline and tanker route, disregarded key pieces of evidence that show potential for damage to local waters, and ignored the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.

The city filed the suit at the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver on Friday with the intention to have the NEB’s recommended approval rescinded. The city has provided a link on its website for the public to share their opinion on the project to the Federal Government.

The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is an approximately $5.4 billion project that would carry nearly triple the current daily barrel count of crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to ports in the Vancouver area.