BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and Environment and Climate Change critic Peter Milobar on Monday said they are deeply concerned over the dramatic increase of shipments of oil by rail in B.C.
This comes following CN Rail’s report that crude oil shipped by rail has increased 50 per cent during the third quarter to date compared to last year. CN Rail’s CFO said that the Trans Mountain pipeline decision has “added years to crude by rail,” referencing the recent court decision to overturn approval of the pipeline expansion.
“The increased risk to public safety and the environment would not be happening were it not for the NDP’s reckless war on the Trans Mountain Pipeline project,” said Wilkinson. “The NDP have been so concerned with pleasing their activist friends that they’ve forgotten about the dozens of communities in B.C. that will bear the consequences of a rail spill.”
“Transporting crude oil in rail cars is far more dangerous than in pipelines,” said Milobar. “The Premier himself admitted he has no idea how much oil is shipped by rail, yet seems to have no worries about blocking a much safer pipeline. The inevitable next oil spill from increased rail transport will be the fault of John Horgan and the NDP.”
“Not only are all taxpayers now owners of a pipeline we never wanted to buy, but now our province is at greater risk than ever for the very spills the NDP promised to prevent,” added Wilkinson.