Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has come out fighting after the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project through Burnaby Mountain was approved.
Justin Trudeau revealed his approval of the Trans Mountain project to increase capacity of the existing pipeline, while ploughing through the local conservation area, on Tuesday.
But in a statement issued minutes later, Robertson said he was profoundly disappointed with Trudeau’s decision.
“Approving Kinder Morgan’s heavy oil pipeline expansion is a big step backwards for Canada’s environment and economy,” said Robertson.
“This project was approved under a flawed and biased Harper-era regulatory process that shut out local voices and ignored climate change and First Nations concerns.”
Trudeau said the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain would create 15,000 new, middle-class jobs – but Robertson argued building the pipeline expansion wasn’t worth the risk.
“Vancouver’s economy is the strongest and greenest in Canada and our marine-based industries play a big role in our success,” said Robertson.
“It doesn’t make sense to jeopardize that success with the risk that comes with an expanded Kinder Morgan heavy oil pipeline and more tankers.”
Earlier this month, the mayor backed a huge protest against the pipeline, which saw 4,000 people march through downtown Vancouver.
In his statement on Tuesday, Robertson said he will keep speaking out about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion.