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Liberal candidate calls for jet fuel pipeline moratorium

Liberal candidates Joe Peschisolido and Alan Beeslehy want the federal government to halt to the jet fuel pipeline review process that’s currently underway, and for a federal review to be initiated instead.  - Martin van den Hemel photo
Liberal candidates Joe Peschisolido and Alan Beeslehy want the federal government to halt to the jet fuel pipeline review process that’s currently underway, and for a federal review to be initiated instead.
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Richmond MP Liberal candidate Joe Peschisolido is calling for Ottawa to put a halt to the jet fuel pipeline review process that’s currently underway, and for a federal review to be initiated instead.

At a Wednesday morning press conference, Peschisolido asked for a moratorium and called the current process “flawed.”

Peschisolido is concerned about a worst-case scenario that will put locals in harm’s way.

“It doesn’t look at the full impact on the quality of life in Richmond and that’s what a federal review would do,” he said. “This proposal makes business sense, and as it stands right now would probably be approved.”

In light of the worst-case disaster scenario currently playing out in Japan following a devastating  earthquake-spawned tsunami, Peschisolido said: “My fear is that we would have a disaster, but we need to look at it. The problem with this process is that we just don’t know.

He said there’s precedent for Ottawa to take action, referring to the Come By Chance oil refinery proposal in Labrador.

Peschisolido said the federal government has abdicated its role in the current review process, leaving it in the hands of the province to decide on the proposal to build a 15-kilometre underground pipeline that would feed jet fuel from a fuel receiving facility in South Richmond.

“If elected, I would make that my primary legislative agenda.”

Asked if he gets the sense that the current process is a fait accompli and that the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation will simply get its way, Peschisolido agrees.

“Given the potential threats of the project, this requires the Government of Canada to take a leadership position,” Peschisolido said.

Richmond Conservative MP Alice Wong told The Richmond Review in a previous interview: “For any application like this, the first important thing is to go through the environmental assessment. There are two here right now. One is the provincial, the other is the federal. We want to do our due diligence that it is safe and won’t cause any danger to the residents.”

As for whether she supports the plan, Wong said she understands the safety concerns of residents.

“We should listen to the people. That’s where I stand,” she said. “And I know the city’s against this, so I think we should do a really good environmental assessment before it can happen.”

 

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