Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following statement regarding the National Energy Board’s release of its Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project marine review report today.
David Khan stated, “We welcome the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project by the NEB, finding that it is in Canada’s national interest, and the robust further 16 recommendations designed to protect the marine environment, resident orcas, traditional Indigenous marine activities, and the entire Salish Sea ecosystem.
“We look forward to the federal government continuing to effectively and comprehensively consult with all affected First Nations along the proposed pipeline expansion’s route, and we have confidence in the process being overseen by retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci, and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi. We understand this consultation process can’t be rushed.
“As a lawyer and an expert in this area of constitutional and Indigenous rights law, I know the only way to comply with Canadian constitutional law and the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision is to effectively understand and address First Nations’ concerns with respect to this project.
“It is unacceptable that initial consultations with affected First Nations were mismanaged by successive federal governments, and that Albertans were left hanging. However, there is nothing to do now but see the process through properly. Any attempt to ram the project through will only delay it further.
“We expect the federal government to accommodate First Nations’ concerns with all the resources at its disposal, and to continue to ensure this consultation and accommodation process remains at the top of the federal Cabinet’s agenda and list of priorities. The future of Canada’s energy industry and the benefits Canadians enjoy from resource revenues hang in the balance.”