Surrey Board of Trade Applauds Federal Government Decision on Trans Mountain Pipeline Approval  – Re-approval of Permits Needs to be Expedited by all Levels of Government

On June 18, 2019, the Federal Government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project – one that was previously approved in 2016 but stalled due to the court of appeals decision to have the National Energy Board re-investigate environmental impacts to marine life and further consult stakeholders.

“We have some semblance of economic certainty again in Canada,” stated Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “International investment confidence in Canada has become a concern as a result of this prolonged delay.”

“Trans Mountain needs to re-apply for permits at all levels of government, and have them approved. We hope this process is expedited so that the pipeline can begin construction in 2019.”

Pipelines are crucial to Canada’s economy. They generate investment in communities, research and development, create jobs, and spur growth in all sectors of an economy.

“Moving crude oil by rail through suburbs is far more hazardous than using state-of-the art technology in pipelines. A portion of the new construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline will go through Surrey.”

“The Surrey Board of Trade Environment and Infrastructure Team has extensively reviewed this project and has actively participated in the discussions related to the focus on environmental protections such as the binding conditions by the National Energy Board as well as the investments in the Ocean Protection Plan which serve to address environmental and other concerns related to the project.”