VANCOUVER — Karen Campbell, Ecojustice lawyer, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s introduction of its five pipeline review principles:
“While we welcome this attempt by the federal government to clean up the broken regulatory process left behind by the Harper government, today’s announcement does little to address our longstanding concerns with the Kinder Morgan pipeline review process.
“Yesterday, Ecojustice lawyers stood before the National Energy Board and laid out how Kinder Morgan’s application, riddled with flaws and weak evidence, make it clear that the Board has no choice but to recommend against the Kinder Morgan project. The principles announced today will not remedy the fact that Kinder Morgan’s application does not address sinking dilbit, threats to the survival of Southern Resident Killer Whales, or the ecological and health risks of a massive marine oil spill.
“These interim measures are a welcome band-aid, but they are not enough to inject science and evidence-based decision-making into the Kinder Morgan review process, which is desperately needed. The outcome of the National Energy Board review must still be to reject this project, until the flaws in the application are remedied, and the full regional impacts of the project are fully considered.”