Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

First Nations Activist: Canada's Kinder Morgan Pipeline Will Cause Environmental & Economic Disaster

First Nations Activist: Canada's Kinder Morgan Pipeline Will Cause Environmental & Economic Disaster

Opponents fear heavy crude oil spills along the land route and at sea.

Morneau called it an "exceptional situation" that's in the national interest and said the government doesn't intend to be a long-term owner of the pipeline.

Protests began in earnest last November, resulting in dozens of arrests since then. The expansion would be a twinning of the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County near Edmonton in Alberta and Burnaby on the Pacific Coast in British Colombia.

On November 29, 2016, the Government of Canada granted approval for the project.

The proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, from Canada's oil-rich Alberta province to the west coast, would almost triple its capacity to 890,000 barrels per day and significantly increase crude tanker traffic off the west coast. And as for who will manage the pipeline project while it's under government ownership, Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he hopes to hire people from...

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Ahead of the federal intervention, Moody's Investors Service said oil-rich Alberta could face a significant loss in revenue if the project were cancelled.

TSE:KML opened at C$16.11 on Wednesday.

Protesters said the announcement made the week a hard one, but many said they are still optimistic.

Justin Trudeau would have Canadians believe that the only way to build the Trans Mountain pipeline is to use billions of taxpayer dollars. It didn't specify how it would spend the proceeds of the sale but did say it plans to continue to invest in Canada. "The protesters are still there, the B.C. government hasn't stopped... Our environment generates millions in economic activity, from tourism to film and fisheries", the premier said. The Prime Minister responded with a quote from Notley that the government met the deadline set by Kinder Morgan and "this project has more certainly than ever".

Trudeau confirmed that the agreement will guarantee the resumption of work for the summer construction season and protect thousands of jobs.

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"Multiple Indigenous legal challenges are still outstanding and can stop this project".

The project has pitted Alberta against coastal British Columbia, where concerns about fisheries, real estate values, tourism and ocean ecology are high.

But it remains to be seen if the federal government can bulldoze British Columbia into allowing the project to move forward. "We will continue our reference case, to determine our rights within our provincial jurisdiction". It's also contingent on assurances the twinning of the pipeline will be completed.

Their opposition became more hard this week after a controversial move from the federal government.

Federal government investments in major energy projects include the Syncrude oilsands mine in Alberta and the Hibernia oilfield offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, said David Finch, a Calgary-based oil and gas industry historian and author.

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Unfortunately for the federal Liberals, those in BC who voted for them in the 2015 federal election are largely opposed to their decision to buy the pipeline, 49 per cent opposed vs. 40 per cent support. The City has 30 days to appeal the ruling.

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