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Ottawa determined to proceed with BC tanker ban, despite legal hurdles

Plans by the Trudeau government to create a crude oil tanker ban off British Columbia face a number of obstacles.

Transport minister Marc Garneau acknowledged as such in an interview with local media yesterday. A ban could interfere with the international right of innocent passage that allows vessels from other countries to pass through Canada’s territorial waters.

“We’ll make sure we’re respecting the different laws,” Garneau admitted, while saying he was determimed to push on with the creation of the new law.

Other issues that could make its creation difficult include irritating neighbouring America’s transits to and from Alaska; risking suing from a new massive pipeline project to Kitimat for a large new LNG project; provincial goverments, led by Alberta, could oppose the ban too.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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