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City reiterates fundamental concerns in written submission to TMP Ministerial Panel

October 4 2016

Vancouver City Hall

Today staff provided an update to City Council on our recent involvement in the TransMountain Pipeline (TMP) expansion application and the federal government review process; all part of our effort to highlight that the expansion is "Not Worth The Risk".

What was included with our submission

Following the presentation Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Manager Sadhu Johnston made to the TMP Ministerial Panel on August 16, 2016, last Friday (September 30), staff:

  • Filed a written submission  (433 KB) with the Ministerial Panel reiterating our fundamental concerns with the application
  • Responded to some of the panel's follow-up questions

Our concerns include:

  • There is no social licence to approve the pipeline expansion project
  • There is no economic case for Kinder Morgan's expanded pipeline capacity
  • The risk of an oil spill is too high
  • The pipeline will have a significant impact on climate change and undermine Canada's ability to meet our COP21 global climate change commitments

The submission also addressed issues around:

  • Fundamental flaws in the National Energy Board (NEB) process, including the Board's decision to refuse any form of oral-cross examination
  • Significant gaps in evidence on human health impacts and spill response plans

View the presentation staff made to Council   (3 MB) 

Why we oppose the expansion project

We strongly and formally opposes the approval of the TMP expansion project. Our opposition is rooted in evidence, scientific data, and traditional knowledge.

The NEB's decision to support the TMP application flies in the face of mounting opposition from communities throughout BC, 17 First Nations, the Province of BC, and 20 municipalities representing over two million people.

Read the 12 evidence-based reports

Federal government decision

The federal government's final decision on the TMP application is expected to be announced on December 19, 2016. The decision will be based on the NEB's recommendation report, Crown consultations with Indigenous groups, Environment and Climate Change Canada's (ECCC) review of upstream GHG emissions estimates, and input received by the Ministerial Panel.

How you can share your concerns about the pipeline expansion

In addition to participating in ECCC's Climate Assessment, meeting with Federal Ministers and organizing surveys, Pop-Up City Halls, a drift card drop, and a PetchaKucha, we have also set up a mechanism for you to write to the federal government to share your concerns  around the pipeline expansion proposal.