Directly Affected: voices for our coast
The voices and stories of those affected by the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
As a result of Bill C-38 and a dramatically weakened Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, applicants for public participation in the National Energy Board (NEB) review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion proposal had to prove they were either “directly affected” or had relevant knowledge or expertise. This qualification, coupled with a seemingly intentionally onerous online application process, left many individuals and grassroots groups excluded from sharing their opinions within the review process. Directly Affected was our response to the frustration felt by communities across BC who want to have their voices heard.
Raincoast teamed up with two Vancouver film-makers to produce a short documentary profiling those excluded from the NEB process. From First Nations to Burnaby homeowners and Chilliwack fishermen to Gulf Islands residents the film will tell how we are all directly affected.
In 2015 we plan to develop our Directly Affected initiative to give the conversation back to the public so citizens can indicate how they are directly affected by Kinder Morgan’s proposal in their own words, regardless of the NEB restrictions and inclusive of all view-points and considerations.