Groups expect huge pent up demand to be heard on the project's unacceptable risks.
VANCOUVER, June 30, 2016 /CNW/ - The Kinder Morgan pipeline review panel announced today their schedule to hear from communities impacted by the potential pipeline and tanker expansion project. Community groups, First Nations, and environmental groups expect the meetings will be highly attended by supporters whose voices have been shut out of previous processes.
"We're seeing a massive amount of energy from our community in opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline," said Rodrigo Samayoa, Climate Campaigner for Leadnow. "Thousands of people have told us they plan to attend these public meetings across BC to show the government that this dangerous and unnecessary project has no social license."
"People are ready to talk about what was specifically excluded from the NEB process: impacts on marine life, lack of First Nations consultation, and upstream climate impacts," said Ruth Walmsley, of Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE).
Turnout is expected to be high among those whose livelihoods depend on a healthy coast, and who see their industry or job impacted by seven times more tanker traffic and what research shows will be an inevitable spill in the Salish Sea.
"BC's vision for its magnificent coast does not include re-industrialization and becoming one of the world's biggest fossil fuel export corridors. This is the wrong direction for our region and we're confident these meetings will show the Trudeau government they have no social license for this project." said Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director at Georgia Strait Alliance.
For further information: Media Contacts: Rodrigo Samayoa, Leadnow, 778.870.1961; Christianne Wilhelmson, Georgia Strait Alliance, 604-862-7579; Ruth Walmsley, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, 604-298-9220; Website: www.FortheCoast.ca