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BC premier urged to reject KMI's Trans Mountain on impossible oil spill cleanup

A coalition of environmental and aboriginal groupsurged British Columbia Premier Christy Clark to reject 's Trans Mountain expansionproject as one of her five conditions of support would be impossible to meet.

Under Clark's conditions, the Trans Mountain pipelineshould exhibit "world-leading," or effective, oil spill response.However, the pipeline is designed to transport oil that contains dilutedbitumen, which, when spilled in water, will sink to the bottom with no knownway to clean it up, the groups said, citing a study by the National Academy ofScience.

"The science has shown that today there is nospill response technology that can effectively clean up spilled dilutedbitumen. Therefore we urge you to stand up to recommendations made without goodinformation that trade off BC's environment for political expediency," thegroups said in a letter to the premier.

The groups, which included Greenpeace and the Councilof Canadians, requested that Clark "remain committed to the integrity ofyour five conditions" by denying approval of the $6.8 billion project.

The Trans Mountain expansion was granted by the National EnergyBoard in May and is expected to receive regulatory approval by the end of 2017.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to on the project by the end of theyear.