OTTAWA, Jan. 30, 2018 /CNW/ - Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today issued the following statement regarding the Government of British Columbia's announcement of plans for a consultation period on the second phase of regulations to improve preparedness, response, and recovery from potential spills:
"We stand by our decision to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion, just as we stand by our commitment to British Columbians and all Canadians to implement world-leading measures to protect the environment and our coasts.
"We have listened to the thousands of Canadians who told us we have responsibility to get our resources to markets in a way that protects the environment.
"The decision we took on the Trans Mountain Expansion remains in the national interest. And it was a decision based on facts and evidence – this has not changed.
"The project is subject to 157 legally-binding conditions to protect the environment and ensure it moves forward in the safest, most environmentally-sound manner.
"Our historic investment of $1.5 billion dollars in a national Oceans Protection Plan is another example of our leadership to safeguard our coasts, and ensure the health of our marine environment."
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
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