Conditions should mitigate pipeline concerns, MP says

Wilks says the Kootenay Columbia riding is a shining example of how big industry can work alongside the natural environment.

  • Jun. 23, 2014 5:00 p.m.

The Conservative Government approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline with 209 conditions last week. Kootenay Columbia MP David Wilks spoke to the Townsman on Thursday after a parliamentary session in Ottawa.

Wilks said the conditions should help to mitigate criticism against the pipeline.

“I don’t know if you can ever keep everyone happy, but the 209 conditions placed upon whomever will build the pipeline, by the National Energy Board are quite stringent,” Wilks said, adding they look at environmental impact and include consultation with aboriginal services.

“It will be a challenge for whoever decides to build this pipeline to get all these conditions done, but if they do they will be conforming to one of the most rigorous standards set in North America.

Wilks said the Kootenay Columbia riding is a shining example of how big industry can work alongside the natural environment.

“If you look throughout the Kootenay Columbia constituency, we have four national parks, we have some very pristine protected areas as well; the Darkwoods near Creston and the Flathead Valley near Fernie,” he said. “On top of that we have the second largest coal-mine company in the world, we have a very good, robust forestry sector, we have some of the largest hydroelectric dams in Canada, and all of those work very well with their neighbouring environment.”

Wilks said the pipeline could have local impacts as well.

“I think there are a number of people in the Kootenays that work in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area that would benefit from the extraction from bitumen from Fort McMurray and area being exported to the Asian markets,” Wilks said.

Wilks didn’t know whether the project, if it goes forward, would have any impact on the local economy.

“Certainly there are companies around that do a lot of steel fabrication like Fabrite and Rayko Steel in Sparwood, but normally they stick to the coal mines,” he said.

Just Posted

The Kimberley Aquatic Centre is set to reopen its doors to the public on July 6, after being shut down due to the pandemic in March, 2020. The Centre will be initially operating with reduced occupancy and limited program offerings. Bulletin file.
Kimberley Aquatic Centre set to re-open July 6

New safety infrastructure, limited guests and programming allow facility to open again

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Calvin Dickson photo.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

There is an emergency shelter near the Golden Ears peaks. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Hiker fogged in on Golden Ears, spends 2 nights

Talon Helicopters, Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue bring him home Monday

Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, speaks at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul facing no-confidence motion from party brass

move follows months of internal strife and the defection of MP Jenica Atwin to the Liberals

Tulips bloom in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Day two of a full week of scheduled hearings will be heard in Federal Court today on a case involving Indigenous children unnecessarily taken into foster care by what all parties call Canada’s “broken child welfare system.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
AFN slams Ottawa for ‘heartless’ legal challenge of First Nations child compensation

2019 decision awarded $40,000 to each Indigenous child removed before 2006

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Lindsay, Isla and Ethan Fischer & Maddie, Everly, Ray and Jessica Pressacc of the Tadanac Residents Association along with Aron Burke (Kootenay Savings Community Liaison) Kootenay Savings file
Kootenay Savings Foundation continues community support

The Kootenay Savings Foundation has once again handed out their twice a… Continue reading

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-week-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Inquest set into 2016 death of B.C. teen after a day spent in police custody

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure in hospital after spending time in jail cell

Most Read