As reported in the Vancouver Sun, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the twinning of the pipeline would create “thousands of middle class jobs” and would give Canada access to markets beyond the United States (which buys 99 per cent of Canada’s energy exports).
“Our government has newly approved the Trans Mountain expansion project,” Trudeau said, adding all government revenues from the project would go to Canada’s clean energy transition.
He said work on the expansion will start this construction season.
The Rainforest Action Network was the first to react stating: “What stunning hypocrisy for Prime Minister Trudeau to approve a massive tar sands oil pipeline the day after his government declared a climate emergency and reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement. This is like declaring war on cancer and then announcing a campaign to promote smoking. But this is far from a done deal. First Nations and Canadian environmentalists will continue to fight this project and their international allies will support them in whatever way they can.”
B.C. Premier John Horgan, who is against the pipeline expansion, will be joined by B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman at 2 p.m.
The expansion of the pipeline from Edmonton, Alberta, to the Burnaby waterfront would add 590,000 barrels of daily shipping capacity, a 15 per cent boost to Western Canada’s current four million. The project would still need to get local building permits, overcome legal challenges and likely face pushback from environmentalists.
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