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BCWF Submits Written Evidence to National Energy Board (NEB) Regarding Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
The BC Wildlife Federation holds intervenor status in the National Energy Board's review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, and submitted written evidence to the process at the end of May 2015.
To download BCWF's written evidence submission in its entirety, click on the following link:
BCWF Submission to NEB Review of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
BCWF Position on Resource Development Projects
The BC Wildlife Federation recognizes that economic development provides the wealth required to maintain the economic, social and environmental well being of the province and that these requirements need to be balanced.
The BC Wildlife Federation's priorities are:
To maintain opportunities for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation, and
To maintain the sustainability of natural resources that sustains fish, wildlife and their habitats.
In considering resource development projects, BCWF will provide advice on the best approach to avoid, mitigate or offset the impacts of resource development on fish wildlife and their habitats. BCWF believes meaningful consultation related to resource development decisions should be consistent, focused, efficient and cost effective and the costs of avoiding impacts, mitigation and offsets should be borne by the proponent.
The BC Wildlife Federation recognizes that there are valued fish and wildlife elements that are fundamental to the sustainability of the resources and is opposed to resource development in areas if the impacts cannot be avoided.
Where approaches to address these concerns exist, BCWF will work with proponents and regulatory agencies to identify and minimize the impacts.
Where approaches to address resources development do not adequately exist, BCWF will advocate for legislation, regulation or agreements to address our concerns including but not limited to a Natural Resources Practices Board, a Provincial Compensation Policy and Emergency Response Capacity required to address environmental spills from mining, energy or transportation sectors.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation believes that a proactive planning process at a landscape level for resources development should be implemented to minimize the impacts on the sustainability of natural resources (i.e. transportation or energy corridors) particularly related to cumulative effects on aquatic and terrestrial resources.
B.C. Wildlife Federation Board of Directors
April 9, 2014