VANCOUVER – The Canadian government says pipeline companies will be liable for all costs and damages from a spill, regardless of fault or negligence under a new law.
Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said Wednesday pipeline operators will also have to have a minimum amount of cash available to pay cleanup costs and the National Energy board will be given the power to order reimbursement for those affected by a spill.
The law comes amid opposition in the province to two pipelines. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project would transport 525,000 barrels a day from Alberta to the B.C. coast. Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion would almost triple the current capacity of a pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver to 900,000.
Canada needs more pipeline infrastructure to export its growing oil sands production from Alberta.