Bill 4 Passes: B.C. Parks Now Officially Open…To Pipelines and Drilling
by Carol Linnitt, DESMOG CANADA
A little-known Bill, the Park Amendment Act, that will drastically alter the management of B.C. parks is set to become law today [it has now passed], creating controversy among the province’s most prominent environmental and conservation organizations. The passage of Bill 4 will make way for industrial incursions into provincial parklands including energy extraction, construction of pipelines and industry-led research.
The Bill, quietly introduced in mid-February, has already met significant resistance in B.C. where the Minister of Environment received “thousands of letters” of opposition, according to Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Peter Wood. “There has been absolutely zero public consultation, and the pace at which this was pushed through suggests this was never a consideration,” he said in a press release.