Protests, legal challenges planned to block Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Trans Mountain will boost Alberta economy: economists

Trans Mountain will boost Alberta economy: economists

In a unanimous decision by a panel of three judges, the court says the NEB's review of the project was so flawed that the federal government could not rely on it as a basis for its decision to approve the expansion. Part of that is the federal carbon tax, which they announced last week will come into affect in Alberta on January 1, 2020.

February 21, 2012: Kinder Morgan Canada says it wants to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline after receiving support from oil shippers and will begin public consultations.

May 29, 2018: Federal government announces deal to buy the pipeline and expansion project from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion.

Morneau also spoke on the question of whether his government can support pipelines while battling climate change.

And the Canadian Association of Pipeline producers said it expects an average increase of $20 billion of annual investment in the sector if Canada can enhance its domestic competitiveness, sustaining 120,000 jobs.

Whispering Pines is one of 43 First Nations that have signed benefits agreements with Trans Mountain worth about $400 million, mainly from the Interior of B.C. and Alberta.

The Trans Mountain pipeline begins shipping oil with an initial capacity of 150,000 barrels per day.

There have been protests in B.C. near its planned route since its approval. After all, given that the Liberals now own the pipeline, it would have been a little odd for them to deny it anyway. "We're pretty excited about the fact that there are no limits to Indigenous ownership", he said.

Trudeau also said he anticipates further court challenges to the pipeline given there are people who are steadfast opposed to its existence.

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

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"If things go according to plan, I can see shovels in the ground in September - early September", Anderson said. "That is why we made today's decision".

Will George, a Tsleil-Waututh man who rappelled from Vancouver's Ironworkers Memorial Bridge to protest the project a year ago, promised more "direct action" at a rally that drew hundreds on Tuesday night.

Chief Dalton Silver of the Sumas First Nation said the NEB has imposed a condition on Trans Mountain whereby the Crown corporation must negotiate with the nation for access to its traditional territory, including a sacred burial site in Abbotsford.

Trudeau called both B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to inform them of the decision Tuesday.

The National Energy Board is being asked to reinstate the record from the previous regulatory proceeding in 2016 so that the project can be brought back to the same state of construction readiness as last summer, Anderson said, a process expected to take some weeks.

"It's not an issue of who owns the pipeline and its infrastructure, it's a matter of what flows through the pipeline because bitumen is the most toxic material on the planet", he said.

On the other hand, environmental groups expressed disappointment.

"For many decades, a lot of First Nations have been a part of the oil and gas industry", Gottfriedson said.

The decision to approve the TMX project was widely anticipated, but it came just one day after the House of Commons passed a motion declaring the country is facing a climate emergency.

Supporters say it is a vital conduit to help Canadian oil reach higher-priced worldwide markets, but opponents, including environmental and indigenous groups and some municipalities, argue the risk of a spill is too great.

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