Zimmer ‘disappointed’ with Trans Mountain decision

Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer
Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer

Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer says he is disappointed in a federal appeals court ruling that halts the Trans Mountain pipeline.

“I am extremely disappointed in the ruling made by the federal Court of Appeal today which will only mean more legal hurdles for a project that has already undergone a lengthy approval process,” he said in a statement issued Thursday. “With this decision we are sending a message to potential investors that we are closed for business. Canada is one of the cleanest natural resource producers in the world with a great respect for human rights. Unfortunately the court didn’t seem to take that into consideration.”

The court ruled there was not adequate consultation with Indigenous communities prior to the National Energy Board and subsequent federal cabinet approval and that the National Energy Board erred in not considering possible environmental damage to marine waterways as a result of the project.

“My Conservative colleagues and I will continue to voice our strong support for our natural resource sector and the vital role it plays in our national economy,” said Zimmer.