The BC government is formally coming out against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
Environment Minister Mary Polak has told a Vancouver newspaper it's doing so in a submission to the National Energy Board, because it believes the company has failed to provide an adequate plan to prevent or respond to an oil spill.
Four years ago the provincial government laid out five conditions to approve any pipeline expansion, and Polak doesn't think Kinder Morgan has met two of them, with one being "world-leading" prevention and response plans if there is a spill on land or water.
The $6.8-billion Trans-Mountain proposal calls for the company to twin the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to Burnaby.
The National Energy Board is expected to give its final ruling on the project later this year.