SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the state shares concerns with British Columbia about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and will try to influence the project every way it can under Canadian law.
Inslee made the comments at a joint news conference in Seattle today with B.C. Premier John Horgan, who is visiting the state to discuss partnerships on endangered killer whales, clean energy and high-speed transportation.
Inslee says Washington’s Department of Ecology has made a vigorous, robust statement about its concerns about the pipeline project and he has exercised his right to speak publicly about his objections.
The governor says the project does not move the region toward a clean-energy future and he’s concerned about the risk of oil spills and impact to endangered southern resident killer whales off the coast of B.C. and Washington.
Canada has purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion and the National Energy Board is currently reviewing its potential impacts to the marine environment.
Horgan also announced that B.C. will kick in another $300,000 to help fund a study of a potential high-speed transportation service linking B.C., Washington and Oregon, after contributing the same amount last year.