‘Species at risk’ designation could mean unique court challenge for NEB and Trans Mountain project
By Jason Proctor, CBC News
If you don’t live on the West Coast, perhaps it’s hard to appreciate just how poorly approving an oil pipeline at the expense of an endangered population of killer whales might play out.
To give it an Eastern perspective, it’s a bit like saying Bonhomme might have to die to make way for a new museum dedicated to Stephen Harper’s legacy.
In approving Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this week, the National Energy Board said it weighed the benefits of the project against its burdens.
Among the “adverse effects” deemed to be most “significant” were those likely to impact a population of about 80 southern resident killer whales found off the coast of Vancouver Island.