Niki Sharma opposed to Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion
Niki Sharma is calling on her park board colleagues to support her motion that the board be "strongly opposed to any expansion" of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries oil from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby.
"When we know better, we’re supposed to do better," Sharma, a first-term Vision Vancouver commissioner, told the Straight after the April 16 board meeting. "We’re not supposed to do more of the same."
Sharma, an aboriginal-rights lawyer with a degree in environmental biology, said Kinder Morgan’s recent announcement that it will seek to almost triple the capacity of the pipeline system and bring more oil tankers to Burrard Inlet "triggered" her notice of motion, which must be debated at the next board meeting.
"I think the recent announcement gave the park board a real opportunity to become real vocal opponents to the pipeline and the expansion," Sharma added. "We have some beautiful park space to protect, and nobody wants to see anything here that could damage that."
Board chair Constance Barnes responded positively at the Beach Avenue board headquarters: "Our job is to protect and preserve."
Vice-chair Aaron Jasper told the Straight: "I think it’s a great motion. I look forward to the debate."