B.C.’s Lower Mainland mayors vow to fight Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

CALGARY – There is nothing Kinder Morgan Canada can do to make its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion acceptable to B.C.’s Lower Mainland residents, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said Friday, as opposition groups said they would continue to fight the project okayed this week by the federal energy regulator.

“We’ve got a solid economy here that is firmly grounded in our clean and green brand, from tourism to construction and development and the tech economy, and we can’t risk an oil spill damaging that and affecting hundreds of thousands of jobs,” Robertson said Friday, a day after the National Energy Board recommended that Ottawa approve the $6.8 billion project, while attaching 157 conditions.

Among the conditions was that proponent Kinder Morgan submit a plan to offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the project’s construction. Other conditions require the company to submit plans to hire and train aboriginals and residents from the communities along the pipeline route, minimize damage to the environment and file an updated risk-assessment for pipeline spills.

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