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For Immediate Release

Sven Biggs, 778-882-8354

Statement: Province of B.C. Formally Opposes Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Vancouver, BC

Today the Province of British Columbia announced its opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in its submission to the National Energy Board.

Sven Biggs, ForestEthics Advocacy campaign organizer released the following statement:

"The BC government created a simple test that Kinder Morgan simply fails. The five conditions the Texas oil company must meet before BC will approve the Trans Mountain pipeline proposal are critical for protecting public safety, the health of Vancouver citizens, the rights of First Nations, and whale and other marine species. Despite the possible rubberstamp from the Harper NEB, the project can't meet any of the five.

"Kinder Morgan has a dismal record of crude oil pipeline spills. And the recent US National Academy of Sciences study proves that its impossible up to clean up tar sands in the environment.

"The Trans Mountain project isn't going to overcome the technical hurdle of keeping heavy toxic tar sands out of the environment. It's not going to overcome the opposition of First Nations and it's not going to overcome the opposition of the thousands of citizens who fought Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain. The list of local governments opposing the project continues to grow and opposition to this dangerous, unnecessary pipeline will only grow stronger until this proposal is rejected once and for all."

Founded in 2000, ForestEthics is a nonprofit environmental organization with staff in Canada, the United States and Chile. Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests and wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing--one of our focus areas is climate change, which compromises all of our efforts if left unchecked. We catalyze environmental leadership among industry, governments and communities by running hard-hitting and highly effective campaigns that leverage public dialogue and pressure to achieve our goals.