City seeks to ensure climate change is considered in the NEB Trans Mountain Pipeline review

Tomorrow the City of Vancouver will ask the Federal Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decision to not consider the effects of climate change in its assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal.The City of Vancouver filed the original motion on May 15, 2014 requesting that the NEB consider climate change in the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal review, and the NEB rejected this motion in July. The NEB will consider the broader economic benefits associated with the pipeline but not the broader environmental impacts.  As a coastal city, the City of Vancouver will be directly affected by the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

Results from an on-going City of Vancouver online survey show strong public opposition in Vancouver to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal, with particular concerns about environmental and climate change impacts.

Since June 12, 2014, 923 individuals have participated in the online survey, and the City will continue gathering responses throughout the fall. Key results to date show that:

  • 70% of respondents oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal
  • Half of the respondents do not believe that the NEB’s review process is appropriate
  • Over 80% of respondents are informed about the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal, with 32% of respondents “very informed” and 50% “somewhat informed”

The top concerns expressed by online survey respondents are:

  • Risk to the environment
  • Spill in Burrard Inlet
  • Impact on wildlife
  • Health and safety impacts

Over the coming months, the City of Vancouver will continue to listen to residents and businesses, and collect your questions and opinions on the proposal through the online questionnaire and at public events.

These opportunities help to inform the City’s role as an official intervener in the National Energy Board heardings, ensuring that all voices are heard.

You are encouraged to provide input on Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion though our online survey: Take the survey now

You can also join the #TalkTankers conversation on social media