House of Commons passes oil tanker moratorium for northern B.C. coast

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the moratorium in November 2016 at the same time as the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, Line 3 Replacement Project, and dismissal of the Northern Gateway Pipeline approval. Image: Flickr/Justin Trudeau

The federal government has passed a bill week that regulates oil tankers moving along British Columbia’s northern coast.

The act prohibits oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tons of crude oil or persistent oil from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border. Transporting this oil between tankers or from ports or marine terminal will also not be permitted.

Those transporting oil will be required to provide information about their shipments, and can face fines of up to $5 million for non-compliance.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the moratorium in November 2016 at the same time as the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, Line 3 Replacement Project, and dismissal of the Northern Gateway Pipeline approval.

The bill will now head to the Senate for consideration before it becomes law.

— Business in Vancouver, Burnaby Now