Canadian government approves Trans Mountain pipeline, as expected

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Canada has reapproved a pipeline expansion that would triple the flow of oil within the country, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned against sole reliance on the United States to purchase the energy source as unreliable.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said he's met with Spahan "a number of times" and the government and Trans Mountain will both continue to work with the band on its unresolved concerns related to the project.

Khelsilem, known in English as Dustin Rivers, a spokesperson for the Squamish Nation, said the community will examine their legal options and continue to fight the project.

It was this opposition and the stumbling blocks that B.C. put on the path of the project that made Kinder Morgan drop it after a series of delays a year ago. Finance Canada's projects the pipeline, once complete, could rake in $500 million worth of corporate taxes for federal coffers.

Trudeau's government first approved it in 2016 and he was so determined to see it built the government bought the pipeline.

The B.C. Greens slammed the decision.

But its construction was delayed by protests and legal challenges.

Stewart is hoping the city's concerns will be dealt with now that the pipeline to carry bitumen from Edmonton to Burnaby is going ahead with federal government approval.

The Federal Court of Appeal quashed previous approval of the pipeline in 2018, citing a lack of proper consultation with six First Nations and a lack of examination of tanker traffic's impact on endangered killer whales.

The government will require that every dollar in federal revenue coming from the project be reinvested in clean energy and green technology.

The government said it made eight accommodation measures to the First Nations after consulting with the groups.

The NEB's report added another 16 recommendations on mitigating the impacts of increased marine shipping from the project, while the CCAR concluded the government had "addressed" the issues highlighted by the Federal Court of Appeal.

"The costs of operating the pipeline and the extra costs associated with road maintenance above the pipeline should be born by the pipeline company", says Stewart.

Following the announcement, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer criticized Trudeau for failing to provide a timetable for construction.

WATCH BELOW: Jason Kenney said while he is happy the federal government has reapproved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, construction will be something to celebrate.

Trans Mountain also requires various permits and route approvals in British Columbia, where that province's left-leaning New Democratic Party government opposes the project.

"Although I regret the federal government's decision it is within their authority to make that decision, it is now up to George and I and to make sure as this project proceeds will have no impact on our environment", Horgan said in Vancouver, referring to his environment minister, George Heyman.

"Today, I am announcing that our government has approved the Trans Mountain expansion project going forward", Trudeau told a press conference in Ottawa. Western Canada's oil production has expanded faster than pipeline capacity, causing a glut of crude to build up.

Other groups are also vying for a stake.

Tuesday's decision also comes the day after the Liberals passed a motion in the House of Commons declaring climate change a national emergency that would require more cuts to emissions than have already been promised. Fundamentally, this isn't a choice between producing more conventional energy or less.

Calling it a "great day for BC, and a great day for Canada", Wilkinson said now's the time for the Horgan government "to get out of the way" and support this project.



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