A provincial environmental assessment of the Trans Mountain expansion is still underway, and Clark said the federal government – along with Texas-based Kinder Morgan – must still work through a number of provincial approval details. Those two conditions are ensuring the federal government’s new Ocean Protection Plan will provide world-class marine spill prevention and response, and that B.C. gets its “fair share” of the project benefits and jobs.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the project would be approved with 157 conditions at a news conference Tuesday. “We are excited to move forward and get this project built, for the benefit of our customers, communities and all Canadians”, Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson said in a statement.
Trudeau, keen to show environmentalists he is not selling out to the energy industry, also said the government would ban tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia.
She says that the pipeline is facing push back from both the B.C. government and First Nations groups, creating a big obstacle.
Trudeau said the Liberal government will also fulfill a campaign promise to legislate a moratorium on crude oil tanker shipments on B.C.’s north coast.
“Strong resource development goes hand in hand with strong environmental protection”, the prime minister said via Twitter.
“World-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines”.
“By approving the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 pipelines, there is no way Canada can meet those commitments”.
Another vulnerability comes from the construction permits Trans Mountain must obtain from various Lower Mainland municipalities, she said, suggesting opponents will use those opportunities to delay the project. “We are convinced it is safe for B.C., and it’s the right one for Canada“.
Fred Chartrand/ZUMA Press/NewscomPresident Obama nixed the Keystone XL pipeline a year ago that would have transported almost 900,000 barrels of crude oil from Alberta’s oilsands regions to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said Trudeau “betrayed” British Columbians, many of whom fiercely protested oil conduits running through their province and onto their shores. “Come to British Columbia, our province, and talk to the people here about why he believes that this project is indeed in the national interest”.
While the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain expansion is welcome news, Kinder Morgan Canada’s top official is well aware that opposition to the project will continue and likely ratchet up.
Had the proposal been rejected, Whatcom County might have found itself as the alternate route for expansion, which could follow existing pipeline to Cherry Point, which was suggested to Trudeau by former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt, the Vancouver Sun reported.
Those issues include affordability, public education, the erosion of public health care, seniors issues and overdose deaths, he said, vowing to hold Clark accountable for decisions made during the 15 years the BC Liberals have been in government.
Those approvals provoked cries of betrayal, dishonesty and political pandering from environmental groups across the country and opposition MPs in Ottawa, given some promises he’s made.
“(The premier) has always said it’s about the company.