Burnaby (With files from Vancouver Sun) – The  B.C. Environmental Assessment Office has ordered a provincial review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline twinning project.

This comes as a direct result of a B.C. Supreme Court ruling in January that found the province could not rely on an equivalency agreement signed between the federal government and the B.C. government that allowed a National Energy Board (NEB) review of the project to substitute for the provincial assessment.

The province decided not to appeal the decision.

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The case had been brought by the Coastal First Nations and the Gitga’at First Nation against the B.C. government over Enbridge’s $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project. The First Nations challenged the validity of the equivalency agreement and also claimed the province had failed to adequately consult them before entering the agreement.

A similar equivalency agreement was signed for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project.

The pipeline has never been without controversy. Abbotsford received a $1.3 M stipend to improve the clubhouse at the Ledgeview Golf Course, where the pipeline runs underneath the links. Recently, the clubhouse was damaged by fire.

Chilliwack refused to accept a similar stipend to improve an elementary school, where again, the pipeline runs underneath.

A decision on the Trans Mountain project from the NEB is expected by May 20.

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