Weaver, Greens tar­get Trans Moun­tain project


Bri­tish Columbia’s Green party leader says they plan to use their in­creased politi­cal clout in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture to fight Kinder Mor­gan’s Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion project.

Green Leader An­drew Weaver says they be­lieve it’s their re­spon­si­bil­ity to stop the fed­er­ally-ap­proved project that would triple the ship­ment ca­pac­ity of Al­berta oil prod­ucts to Bri­tish Columbia’s coast.

Weaver says the Greens will seek in­ter­vener sta­tus to sup­port mount­ing le­gal chal­lenges by First Na­tions and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties op­posed to the project.

When Al­berta Premier Rachel Not­ley an­nounced on Tues­day that her prov­ince had been given in­ter­vener sta­tus in the le­gal ac­tion, she said she be­lieves one prov­ince or re­gion can’t hold hostage the econ­omy of an­other prov­ince.

Weaver says B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s sup­port for the project was reck­less.

Three Green mem­bers were elected to B.C.’s leg­is­la­ture last week and they are now in the po­si­tion of wield­ing con­sid­er­able politi­cal power in what could be a mi­nor­ity govern­ment af­ter the fi­nal bal­lots are counted.

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