MP Fin Donnelly Slams Government's Approval of Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion
November 30th, 2016 - 4:43pm
Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, the Kinder Morgan pipeline will triple the capacity of the current pipeline and increase tanker traffic in Vancouver's harbour seven-fold. The likelihood of a spill from the pipeline or a tanker is as high as 97%, which would devastate the environment and the economy of the entire region.
Why are B.C. Liberal MPs turning their backs on British Columbians, ignoring the evidence, and putting politics before safety?
Kate Young (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to achieving a world-leading marine safety system, one that will meet Canada's unique context. That is why the Prime Minister announced our new $1.5 billion national oceans protection plan. This would allow us to put in place concrete measures to enhance marine safety, to prevent and better respond to marine pollution incidents. We will work with partners, including indigenous and coastal communities, to develop, update, and modernize regulations and other tools to better respond to community issues related to marine traffic.