The B.C. Liberals are questioning whether the province’s environment minister shared information about the NDP government’s opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in a way that swung the stock market.

The province announced on Jan. 30 that it would limit the amount of diluted bitumen that can be transported by pipeline or rail until it can do further research on spill cleanup. That same day, Environment Minister George Heyman ate dinner with a “Kinder Morgan Strategy Group” at a two-day retreat on Bowen Island, which was attended by opponents of the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project.

Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond questioned Heyman about the meeting at the B.C. Legislature on Feb. 15. Concerns again surfaced on Monday, when Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar asked Heyman who else was at the dinner and whether any of them were lobbyists.

Heyman recalled speaking with environmentalist Tzeporah Berman as well as Karen Mahon and Sven Biggs of environmental group and Squamish councillor Khelsilem Rivers, but said he did not wish to provide an incorrect complete list of attendees and would look at his records. He said it was not “the responsibility of government to ensure that people we meet with are registered as lobbyists.”

Post from Vancouver Sun by Nick Eaglund
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