The British Columbia government says the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline needs 1,200 permits before construction can begin; only 66 have been issued thus far and Kinder Morgan has already pushed back its schedule by nine months.
The Canadian government is supporting the National Energy Board’s idea to create a “standing panel” to speed up permit approval. And on that prosaic point a war of words has erupted between the West Coast and Ottawa.
"The federal government should get its nose out of British Columbia's business unless we’re … violating federal laws. We are not,” George Heyman, BC environment and climate change strategy minister, told the Canadian Press last week. He was responding to a statement released by Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr about the standing panel: “The government is supportive of establishing a process that would assist in resolving any conflicts over the issuance of municipal or provincial permits and avoid unnecessary delays to project construction or regulatory compliance.”