Friday, 27 April 2018 14:33

BC Government submits court reference on bitumen

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The British Columbia Government has submitted a reference question to the BC Court of Appeal seeking clarification on its right to protect BC from the threat of a diluted bitumen spill.  The reference question concerns provincial autonomy, particularly the rights of British Columbia to regulate the environmental and economic impacts of heavy oils, like diluted bitumen, transported through the province. Earlier in the week the Government of Canada submitted its response to the BC Government's Policy Intentions Paper for Engagement.  The response included an updated science report on diluted bitumen and an open letter to BC Minister of Environment, George Heyman from federal Minister McKenna offering to collaborate on a joint Scientific Expert Advisory Panel.  

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