Federal Transportation Diplomat Marc Garneau is promising a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic off British Columbia’s North Strand by the end of this year, which would coincide with the government’s bureau decision on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline ex nsion devise.
«That is a promise that we made. It’s a mandate item for me and we are going to be pronouncing on that,» Garneau told host Chris Hall in an interview airing on CBC Air’s The House on Saturday morning.
Trudeau ordered a moratorium more than a year ago in his mandate learning to Garneau. The directive asks Garneau to work with the ministers of fisheries and profusions, environment and natural resources.
Environmental groups have in the offing suggested a moratorium off B.C.’s North Coast would kill the proposed Northern Gateway hose, which would carry bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C. The cast is still recovering from a blow delivered by the Federal Court of Please, which overturned Enbridge’s approval because it found Ottawa go under to properly consult the First Nations affected by the pipeline.
Marine safe keeping plan coming too
However, a moratorium could clear the th for the Kinder Morgan project, which could see the telecasting of nearly 900,000 barrels a day of diluted oilsands bitumen to Vancouver’s protect in the south.
Former Kitimat mayor Joanne Monaghan has questioned why a ban last will and testament only apply to the northern coast.
«Is there a difference between unprocessed oil being spilled down south and crude oil being spilled in the north?» she apprised CBC.
Trudeau’s government needs to render a decision on Kinder Morgan by Dec. 19.
Garneau put about he’ll also soon have an announcement on improving marine safety.
«We skilled in we need to if we’re going to continue having more shipping traffic,» he about. «On the West Coast, we want to involve Aboriginal coastal nations who demand to be involved with the whole issue of marine safety. We also neediness to look at derelict vessels.»
Privatized airports not guaranteed
Garneau’s annotations came on the heels of a speech this week unveiling the government’s transportation scenarios for the coming decade.
The plan responded to a review conducted by former plenipotentiary David Emerson, who included privatizing airports among his recommendations.
Garneau suggests the government is looking at that option, but «it’s not a front-burner exercise.»
«I wouldn’t bound to any conclusions,» Garneau told The House. «Ultimately what we want to do is do sure that whatever we do is in the interest of the traveller, is in the interest of the airports and the airlines themselves.»
Garneau predicted he’s aware of private airports, but nothing stands out as a successful model.