B.C. premier John Horgan says it doesn't matter who owns the pipeline—what's important is defending the coast

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      Premier John Horgan issued the following statement on the federal government's proposed purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline:

      "Today's events do not change the risks of a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic, or the catastrophic effect a diluted bitumen spill would cause to British Columbia's economy and environment.

      "Tens of thousands of B.C. jobs depend on pristine coastal and inland waters. Our environment generates millions in economic activity, from tourism to film and fisheries.

      "It does not matter who owns the pipeline. What matters is defending our coast—and our lands, rivers and streams—from the impact of a dilbit spill.

      "Our government is determined to defend British Columbia's interests within the rule of law and in the courts. We will continue our reference case, to determine our rights within our provincial jurisdiction."

      After the premier issued his statement, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum resources revealed that 1,191 provincial permits are required to complete the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.

      So far, 756 applications have been filed and 220 have been approved and issued.

      Another 536 permit applications are being reviewed.

      There are 435 permit applications that still haven't been submitted by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.