Did you know that pipeline company Kinder Morgan is already doing “research” in our provincial parks?
In November 2013, the BC Ministry of the Environment issued a park use permit to Trans Mountain Pipeline L.P., which allows the company to conduct “research” related to building a pipeline through five BC protected areas: Finn Creek Provincial Park; North Thompson River Provincial Park; Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected Area; Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area; and Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park.
On Monday, March 24th, a controversial new Bill was passed into law, essentially paving the way for egregious development in BC's beloved parks and protected areas – including pipelines, transmission lines and roads.
Bill 4: The Park Amendment Act was introduced by the BC government on February 13, 2014, with no public consultation, and was promptly passed through the Legislature. The Bill is particularly concerning because it allows permits to be granted for industrial "research" in parks, and opens the door for the removal of lands from these areas for industrial purposes.
Port Metro Vancouver is currently considering a proposal from Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) to ship up to 8 million tonnes of U.S. thermal coal from BC's southern shores. The shipments would travel through BC communities, down the Fraser River and through the Salish Sea to a facility on Texada Island, where the coal would be loaded onto bigger ships.