Trudeau Pledges Taxpayer Money, New Laws to Salvage Controversial Pipeline

Trudeau Pledges Taxpayer Money, New Laws to Salvage Controversial Pipeline

Trudeau's cabinet approved the pipeline in 2016, following an interim environmental review process that included assessing things such as the emissions that will be created from producing additional fossil fuels that will flow through it.

"When a company from the United States declares that May 31 is the drop deadline to go forward, this is an ultimatum to the Canadian government to run-over and disregard the human rights of Aboriginal people in Canada", said UBCIC vice-president Bob Chamberlain. Reportedly due to: worries that already declining foreign investment levels could fall even further if the expansion project doesn't go through, and strong pressure from the connected business community.

Jim Thomson, a risk assessor and environmental auditor from Edmonton, says he supports the Trans Mountain pipeline, but believes much work still needs to be done before it gets built.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put his Liberal government squarely behind the Kinder Morgan Trans Canada pipeline - angering environmentalists and empowering the oil-rich province of Alberta.

After almost a decade since the last major oil pipeline was built, and with existing ones brimming with crude, Canada's energy industry is wondering when and if any new lifelines to foreign markets will go into the ground.

Incongruous, perhaps, but vitally important to both premiers and to the prime minister. "This is what we stand for today", George said at the demonstration last month. After taking power in 2017, the provincial government of British Columbia - a left-leaning coalition which relies on support from the Green Party - vowed to use all the tools available to them to halt the project.

Duncan McCue: What are your thoughts on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the meeting today between Alberta's premier and B.C.'s premier and the prime minister?

"I don't think it's any surprise to anyone that I don't think we would be in this situation if the British Columbia government hadn't continued to emphasise its opposition to the project", Trudeau said. In January, the province considered halting any shipments of bitumen from Alberta until it could study the effects of heavy oil spills in vital waterways.




So why would a piece of federal legislation declaring Ottawa's jurisdiction over the project make any difference to Horgan? As we have learned from previous spills, no response is possible in rough weather, high seas and unsafe conditions.

The problem is Horgan already knows he has no jurisdiction over the pipeline. He also has to throw cash at Kinder Morgan. Some pipeline supporters have suggested the government invoke the Emergencies Act to deal with pipeline protests.

"If the threats continue, (the opposition) will only become more entrenched", he said.

"It's not done yet, there are still issues that need to be resolved", Pence told reporters after separate meetings with Trudeau and Pena Nieto in which North American free trade figured prominently.

Horgan emerged from the meeting Sunday showing no intention of letting off on his opposition to the pipeline. "My responsibility is to defend our coasts and to defend the interests of British Columbians, and I'll do that until I'm no longer the premier", he said. He said 44 communities signed benefit agreements with Kinder Morgan on the project, including 33 in B.C.

"Despite all of the commonality between the three of us, we continue to disagree on the question of moving dilute bitumen from Alberta to the port of Vancouver", Horgan said.

"The Liberals have got to champion Canadian energy, Canadian innovation and Canadian jobs". Analysts at Scotiabank estimated in a recent report that discounts for Canadian crude would cost Canada $15.6 billion in 2018 in forgone revenues.

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