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Indigenous monitors join the state to track the progress of the TMX pipeline

The IndigenousTrans Mountain Expansion and Existing Pipeline Advisory and Oversight Committee has completed a joint inspection with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Board.

This is the first time that indigenous monitors have conducted inspections with state regulators.

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IAMC-TMX Indigenous Monitors has put together a test in Hope, British Columbia. After a three-day survey of the border between Chilliwack and Hope, which began on June 26.

"We focused primarily on issues that were important to the indigenous community," said Raymond Cardinal.

"Protecting indigenous ruins, looking at harvesting sites important to countries along the pipeline, and looking at some ruins."

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He continued, "In most cases things seemed to be going well. There are some issues that have confirmed that we will work with regulators and businesses in the future. There was. "

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Inspections also included sites in the Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Tank Farm, and Metro Vancouver area.

During the three-day inspection, indigenous monitors and B.C. EAO examined the Burnaby Tank Farm, where 14 new tanks were being built in anticipation of the end of construction.

They also visited two locations near Vancouver where archaeological relics were found and reported to regulatory agencies and indigenous groups.

"Opening the door to inspections with British Columbia's regulators is an important step forward and the beginning of a special relationship between the Indigenous Advisory Oversight Committee and B.C. EAO," said the Cardinal. Said.

On the final day of the inspection, the focus was on inspecting culturally altered trees and adhering to BC. EAO conditions and indigenous people's expectations and standards of practice.

The IAMC-TMX Indigenous Peoples Monitoring Program was launched in 2017 as a pilot program. Since its inception, more than 170 federal regulatory inspections have been completed.

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