Lakeland MP and Conservative Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Shannon Stubbs, is sounding her skepticism about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The National Energy Board (NEB) recommended that the project goes through on Friday, saying that the project is in the national interest.
Following the NEB’s decision, Stubbs released a statement on Facebook criticising the federal government. She says that the Liberal government is no closer to getting the pipeline built than it was months ago.
“All it does is put the decision back in the hands of the same Liberal cabinet that failed to start construction in the first place. The bottom line is Justin Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet is still months away from making a decision with no timeline for when consultations with first nations will conclude or when a final decision on the project will be made,” says Stubbs.
Stubbs adds that the review was unnecessary to begin with. She argues that the process undertaken by the Liberals jeopardized the project even further.
“Instead, the Liberals picked the lengthiest, costliest, and most uncertain option by directing the NEB to undertake a 22-week reconsideration, further delaying progress on the Trans Mountain Expansion. Nothing has changed. The opponents of the project simply used this time to prepare their next wave of legal challenges.”
The project has been up in the air since last August when the Federal Court of Appeals overturned its approval. The NEB says that the decision was taken into consideration when making this recommendation. Stubbs continued, blasting the Liberal government’s policies like Bill C-69.
“The mistakes the Liberals have made on the Trans Mountain Expansion, their ‘no more pipelines’ Bill C-69 and other anti-energy policies and legislation have destroyed Canada’s reputation as an attractive destination for the kind of energy investment that creates jobs and opportunity.”
The NEB says the project’s significant benefits to the country outweigh the risks it poses, such as increasing greenhouse gas emissions and hurting marine wildlife. The federal government has 90 days to make a decision on the project.