May 24, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is pleased with the B.C. Court of Appeal’s decision on a case that directly impacts the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. In its unanimous decision, the Court couldn’t have been more clear: It is not within the Government of British Columbia’s jurisdiction to regulate a pipeline that crosses provincial borders.
In its decision, the Court clearly states: “Unless the pipeline is contained entirely within a province, federal jurisdiction is the only way in which it may be regulated”, which is what CEPA argued in court.
“This decision provides critical clarity for Trans Mountain, and future interprovincial pipeline projects,” says Chris Bloomer, President and CEO of CEPA. “This kind of clarity is now needed around Canada’s environmental and regulatory processes to ensure Canada can attract new projects and investors.”
Interprovincial pipelines are subject to rigorous and lengthy federal regulatory review and oversight, which cover, in detail, the important issues of environmental protection and spill remediation. CEPA and its members are committed to meeting these high standards, minimizing environmental impacts and protecting the environment.
With this decision, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which will give Canada access to new markets and better prices for its oil, is clearing another important hurdle. The next step is the federal government’s decision in June on whether to proceed with the project.
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