Cowichan Tribes seeks pipeline intervenor status

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The Cowichan Tribes have notified the National Energy Board that they want intervenor status in a decision sought by the City of Vancouver regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Trans Mountain is proposing an expansion of its current 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County (near Edmonton), Alberta and Burnaby, BC. The proposed expansion, if approved, would create a twinned pipeline that would increase the nominal capacity of the system from 300,000 barrels per day, to 890,000 barrels per day.

On May 16, the City of Vancouver filed a motion asking the National Energy Board to expand the list of issues it's reviewing regarding the proposed pipeline. It asked the board to include the environmental and social-economic effects associated with the development of the oil sands crude and the use of oil transported by the proposed pipeline.

In its submission, The Cowichan Tribes said it stands to be directly impacted by an increase in Greenhouse Gas emissions and resulting climate change if the project is approved.

Under the law, being named an intervenor allows an individual or group to join ongoing litigation, either as a matter of right or at the discretion of the court, without the permission of the original litigants. The basic rationale for intervention is that a judgment in a particular case may affect the rights of non-parties, who ideally should have the right to be heard.


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