The groups say a study from the National Academy of Science concludes that oil containing diluted bitumen acts differently than other types of crude when spilled.
The study warns that diluted bitumen sinks in water and there is no known way to clean up heavy oils that settle to the bottom of oceans, lakes or rivers.
The groups, which include Greenpeace and the Council of Canadians, say Clark must stick to her conditions and reject Kinder Morgan’s proposal, even though it is widely expected to receive federal approval by year’s end.
In July 2012, Clark set five conditions before oil could be piped across southern B.C. to west coast ports: completion of environmental reviews, world-leading practices for oil spill prevention, cutting-edge land and water cleanup programs, solutions to First Nations issues and a fair share of any profits.
Here is what she is saying now ...
Clark said in a statement Thursday that the government’s position on the five conditions has been clear and consistent and remains unchanged.
And here is what she signed onto in 2016 ... just a little bit of risk in the lower mainland