British Columbia’s Environment Minister Mary Polak said Kinder Morgan Inc. hasn’t met the conditions the Canadian province established for an oil pipeline expansion to go ahead.
“We have not seen evidence that the five conditions have been met,” Polak said in a conference call with journalists Monday. Kinder Morgan especially has more work to do to establishing a marine- and land-based oil-spill response, she said.
Kinder Morgan plans to almost triple the Trans Mountain line’s capacity to 890,000 barrels a day. The system, in operation since 1953, is the only pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific Coast and unique in connecting Canada’s oilsands directly to an ocean to reach markets outside North America. Requests by producers to ship on the line regularly exceed its capacity.