PCA Stands Behind Science, Safety & Economics of Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

(Victoria, Jan. 31, 2018) – After a three-year regulatory process and expert review of the science and safety of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) is standing behind those findings and urging all groups and governments to do the same.

“This is a landmark project for Canada that was allowed to proceed with 157 conditions, the approval of the NEB and three levels of government,” said Rieghardt van Enter, Regional Director, BC, for the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. “What kind of system do we have when the best scientific, technical evidence and the rule of law are continuously undermined?”

The BC government is proposing new regulations that would restrict shipments of oil sands crude by pipeline and rail cars. It is also establishing a scientific advisory panel into the safe transport of heavy oils.

“Canada’s energy producers already adhere to the highest safety and environmental standards,” added van Enter. “Pipelines are critical to Canada’s energy development and economy. Thwarting the transportation of Western Canada’s oil to global energy markets is not in the best interests of British Columbians or Canadians.”

The $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will generate thousands of jobs and millions in economic benefits to communities in BC and Alberta once its construction and operation is allowed to move forward.

About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)

With offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction workers in Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.

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