I nearly tripped over the elephant in the room.
I’ve got to say it. How can I not say it?
I get home after a lovely time out and catch up on news, of course everyone’s talking about Dix promising a 1 week cure for what ails BC with regards to the Enbridge pipeline – he will serve the 30 notice and pull out of the federal review and give British Columbians their own environmental review, made in BC, for BC, all that whatever. I say whatever because I am reminded of an old quote that states you should never believe someone who is drunk, in love… or running for politics.
I agree BC needs a better, enhanced environmental review process – in general. I agree BC should have already done this with Enbridge. Clark didn’t do it.
But let’s say Dix rides to power as easily as most think he will next May… or next fall if Clark did somehow push that spring election off.
Let’s say Dix does give us that opt out, does call for our own environmental review.
And the Enbridge project actually passes Dix’s environmental review and is approved provincially.
Don’t laugh, I have seen reviews of projects that should never have been given approval, get that approval because of mitigation and monetary concessions that are given to make up for what is impacted adversely. That’s how it works many times.
If the Enbridge project passes BC environmental review, will Dix allow the project to proceed?