Kitimat Wants Intervenor Status in Possible Pipeline Challenge

John Crawford

Kitimat Council has voted unanimously to register as an intervenor, in a Smithers man's jurisdictional challenge of TransCanada's Coastal GasLink pipeline approval.

Council held a special meeting Sunday in Kitimat, where they discussed the challenge launched by Mike Sawyer.

Sawyer says the BC Oil and Gas Commission's approval of the project isn't sufficient, since TransCanada intends to link the pipeline to its Nova Gas Transmission system, which is under federal jurisdiction.

He argues the Coastal GasLink project should also require a review by the National Energy Board, which could delay the project considerably or even cancel it.

The pipeline would supply gas to the massive LNG Canada project at Kitimat, which received final approval from Shell and its investment partners earlier this month.

Kitimat Economic Development Director Mike Dewar says council wants to make sure the community has its say if the challenge goes ahead.

"At this point, we're going to submit our application and wait for a response, and that response we hope to hear the next steps for the process, so that's where we're at right now is we're interested in learning and seeing the entire process and being able to comment from the community's perspective," he said.

Monday was the last day to register as an intervenor in the case.

The NEB has already accepted Coastal GasLink’s standing in any future proceedings.

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