Canada’s National Energy Board has reiterated its approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. While this is incredibly disappointing news, its not surprising. Many have called out the NEB review process for being broken and flawed.
The NEB’s “reconsideration report” on the project comes after a federal court struck down the original project approval for its failure to consider increased tanker traffic or meaningfully consulting with First Nations.
The “new” NEB report admitted the pipeline expansion would cause "significant adverse environmental effects" on the endangered southern resident killer whale population and threatens the marine economy and communities with the risk of oil spills, but they say its all justified because of the supposed benefits of the project.
The chief environmental officer of the NEB said conditions in the Salish Sea along BC’s coastline are already so badly degraded from human activity that the expansion would have a minor impact on the already endangered southern resident killer whale population..Aka. The situation is bad, so why not just make it worse?
But experts say if the federal government moves forward with the project it will be a death sentence for the endangered Southern Resident killer whales - the pod that made international headlines last summer after Tahlequah, a 20 year old female, carried her dead calf around for 17 days and 1,000 miles in an unprecedented display of mourning.
Meanwhile, those opposed to the pipeline expansion say the NEB’s re-approval changes nothing, and they vow to continue their fight against a project that threatens the coast, communities and our ability to meet Canada’s climate change commitments.
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