Cullen Stays Calm Amid Pipeline Challenge

Marek Tkach

A court challenge which could delay the proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline has prompted Skeena Liberal MLA Ellis Ross to demand a response from Premier John Horgan.

The challenge has been filed by Mike Sawyer of Smithers who says the pipeline, which has already passed a provincial environmental assessment, should have instead been reviewed by the federal government.  

If the challenge is successful, the pipeline could be delayed while it's examined again. 

Skeena- Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says at this stage, the "panic button" shouldn't even be an option.

"The timing is really difficult for folks because we think a decision from the companies is imminent. With this case being pressed now, I would say the one thing that gives it some confidence is: that this particular challenge has been made before. I don't expect any process to decide as to weather the permits are legal are not, will take a long time." Cullen said.

Sawyer made a similar application to the in 2015 regarding TransCanada’s then-proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, which would have brought natural gas to an export plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.

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