January 30, 2018—Ottawa Natural Resources—Canada
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.”
Natural Resources Canada
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources