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Dycke, NDP condemn pipeline proposal
Comox Valley NDP candidate Kassandra Dycke says the proposed northern pipeline is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and bad for coastal communities.
Dycke applauded the NDP’s formal opposition to the pipeline proposal, which was outlined in a letter the NDP caucus submitted to the Joint Review Panel Monday morning.
“The northern pipeline proposal would result in hundreds of oil super tankers traveling through treacherous waters every year," said Dycke. “The project makes no sense for the environment or the economy. It generates very few jobs, but puts existing jobs in tourism and fisheries at great risk.”
Dycke, who discussed the project with NDP environment critic Rob Fleming when he was in the Comox Valley recently, said, “I am proud that the B.C. NDP is putting the interests of British Columbians ahead of pressure from big oil companies.”
When NDP leader Adrian Dix released his party’s submission to the Joint Review Panel, he said, "Under the Enbridge proposal, British Columbia would assume almost all the project's risk, yet would see only a fraction of the benefits.
"By any measure, such a high-risk, low-return approach simply isn't in B.C.'s interests.
"B.C. New Democrats are taking a stand on the Enbridge pipeline because B.C.'s interests are not being adequately represented nor protected by the provincial government in the review process," said Dix. "It is simply not good enough to state, as the premier has, that the government is going to wait for the process to unfold before taking a position. The time to take a position is now."
— Kassandra Dycke