Indigenous observers join province to track progress of TMX pipeline – BC

The Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for the Trans Mountain Expansion and Existing Pipeline conducted a joint inspection with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office.

This is the first time that the indigenous monitors have conducted an inspection at a provincial inspectorate.

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The IAMC-TMX Indigenous Monitors completed the inspection in Hope, BC after surveying the line between Chilliwack and Hope for three days, beginning June 26.

“We have focused primarily on issues that are important to indigenous communities,” said Raymond Cardinal, chair of the Indigenous Monitoring Subcommittee.

“Protection of indigenous sites by looking at harvest sites important to nations along the pipeline, and we also looked at some archeological sites.”

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He continued: “Things looked to be in good order for the most part. There were a few issues that we identified and we will be working with the regulator and the company going forward.”

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The inspection also included Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Terminal and locations in the greater Vancouver area.

During the three-day inspection, Indigenous Monitors and BC EAO looked at the Burnaby tank farm, where 14 new tanks are being built in anticipation of the end of construction.

They also visited two sites near Vancouver where archaeological artifacts had been found and reported to regulators and Indigenous groups.

“Opening the door for inspections with the BC Provincial Inspectorate is an important step forward and the start of a special relationship between the BC Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee and the EAO,” Cardinal said.

The final day of the inspection focused on inspection of culturally modified trees, compliance with BC EAO terms and Aboriginal expectations and standards of practice.

The IAMC-TMX Indigenous Monitoring Program started in 2017 as a pilot program. Since its inception, over 170 inspections have been conducted with federal agencies.

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