RISDON: Expansion critics - Ottawa has chosen West Coast over East Coast

Audrey Hill
June 1, 2018

January 27, 2016: The federal Liberal government says pipeline projects such as the Trans Mountain expansion will now be assessed in part on the greenhouse gas emissions produced in the extraction and processing of the oil they carry.

"I believe the Liberals would like people to believe (buying) was the only way to get the pipeline built but I think more and more Canadians are realizing that the fact that it's being nationalized is a result of other things that could have been avoided if this government had made different decisions", Scheer said.

This, regardless of opposition from First Nations, who incidentally never ceded the rights to their lands to the Canadian government.

January 11, 2017: B.C. Premier Christy Clark announces her support for the project, saying Kinder Morgan has met five government conditions including a revenue-sharing agreement worth up to $1 billion.

We are endeavouring to move positively into the next decades without further harming the Earth.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put a lot of political capital on the project, pledging over and over again that the pipeline expansion is in national interest and will be built one way or another. In my opinion, it was also his final and fatal fall from grace. It's safe to say the Government of Canada will still be in the pipeline business after the general election in 2019. Scotiabank reaffirmed an "outperform" rating and issued a C$23.00 price target on shares of Kinder Morgan Canada in a report on Monday, April 16th.

Tzeporah Berman said the fight against the pipeline expansion is even bigger than those over logging in Clayoquot Sound. "We won't stop until the job is done!"

January 30, 2018: B.C. government moves to restrict any increase in diluted bitumen shipments until it conducts more spill response studies, a move that increases the uncertainty for Trans Mountain.

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There is some validity to these sentiments as those who oppose the Trans-Mountain pipeline project, including the BC NDP provincial government, have indicated they will continue to oppose the project regardless of the change in ownership. Kinder Morgan makes about $200 million a year from selling space in the existing pipeline to oil companies to ship their product.

"It's fully subscribed by shippers, it goes to tidewater.it would be a good asset and you could sell that at a good price once you've got it done", he said.

Energy East would have been a job-creation bonanza, expected to create nearly 3,720 jobs during the construction phase and 97 permanent jobs once the pipeline was built.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he's anxious about the "catastrophic consequences" should there be a spill, regardless of the owner, and will continue to fight it in court. However, this is highly controversial in the province of British Columbia.

Notley's New Democrats have been pushing for Trans Mountain since they were elected in 2015.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley took a Trans Mountain victory lap on the grounds of the legislature Tuesday while her political opponents questioned whether the province has won anything and, if so, at what cost.

The federal Liberals have described the Trans Mountain expansion as being in the national interest and have long vowed that the project will be completed.

"The prime minister is forcing them to fix his failure on Canada's energy sector".

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