Statement from Mayor Robertson on the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Proposal

“The Province of British Columbia’s decision to oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal is very welcome news to the City of Vancouver, and reflects the strong opposition to this project throughout Metro Vancouver and British Columbia.
 
“A seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic through Vancouver’s local waters is simply not worth the immense risks posed to our economy and environment in the event of a major oil spill. Powered by our most innovative sectors, the Conference Board of Canada has forecast that Vancouver’s economy will continue to lead the nation in economic growth through to 2019. We cannot afford to support a proposal that could put that growth in jeopardy.
 
“After extensive local consultations, the City of Vancouver has acted as an intervenor at the National Energy Board to highlight our city’s wide array of substantial concerns. We look forward to continuing to work with local businesses, residents, First Nations, and the Province of British Columbia to ensure that those voices and perspectives are heard by the National Energy Board and the Government of Canada.”

Gregor Robertson
Mayor, City of Vancouver