Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Canada PM approves controversial oil pipeline expansion

Canada PM approves controversial oil pipeline expansion

The United Nations Refugee Agency says Canada took in 28-thousand, 100 refugees past year giving it the largest number of resettled refugees in the world.

A federal advisory panel says if travelers are going to need a federally acceptable piece of ID for domestic flights, it should be easier to get one.

Dale Swampy, president of the National Coalition of Chiefs, which represents 62 chiefs across Canada, said three indigenous groups seeking equity stakes in the pipeline will be brought together June 26 at the Indigenous Resource Council meeting in Calgary to promote a unified effort. "This majority included 60% of voters in B.C. and 70% in Ontario".

"The Federal government has once again approved the project and that should make it clear to the government of B.C. that it is time to stop spending taxpayer dollars fighting in the courts and support the pipeline expansion", MLA for Prince George-Valemount, Shirley Bond says in an email to PrinceGeorgeMatters.

The approval was widely expected as the government spent C$4.5 billion ($3.4 billion) to buy the 66-year-old pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd last year to ensure that the expansion proceeded.

The federal cabinet is also requiring another consultation with Indigenous communities affected by the project to determine how they can potentially become economic partners in the project.

But environmentalists and indigenous tribes worry that increased shipping from a marine terminal in Vancouver could impede the recovery of local killer whale populations. "We're into a kind of symbolic phase now as far as the B.C. government is concerned", he said.

"There will always be people, frankly, on both sides, that will not agree with our approach", he said.

That sent the NEB back to the drawing board, and the federal government to the negotiations table.

Notley said Tuesday the federal decision to re-approve the project was the right one and it was aided by her government's work to build awareness and public approval for it.

"As soon as you give it more reason to be challenged, some will take them up on that", he says.

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) acknowledges the federal government's approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) but notes there are more hurdles for the government to cross before the pipeline will be built. "That's exactly what we're doing today".

Anderson said the project's costs would rise as a result, but he declined to provide an updated cost estimate for the pipeline that will twin an existing line between Alberta and British Columbia to boost oil shipments westward by 590,000 barrels per day by 2022.

"Trans Mountain is a big win for our agricultural producers of Saskatchewan", Poelzer said.

While Alberta Premier Jason Kenney expressed appreciation for the decision, he said what matters now is actually constructing it.

Wood Buffalo's political and Indigenous leaders are welcoming Tuesday's approval of the Trans Mountain expansion, but are treating the news with cautious optimism rather than a celebratory spirit. "We're glad they've approved it, we wouldn't expect anything less but I think what we were hoping for was what the plan was to get people to work and get our product to market and I think what we've seen is more uncertainty".

He added that the project now has 48 benefits agreements with First Nations groups compared with 43 a year ago.

Environmental groups called him out for passing a motion in parliament declaring a national climate emergency and reaffirming measures to curb CO2 emissions late Monday, and then approving an oil pipeline the next day that could add as much as 15 million tons of carbon.

Canada has reapproved a pipeline expansion that would triple the flow of oil within the country, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned against sole reliance on the United States to purchase the energy source as unreliable.

"This isn't a choice between producing more conventional energy, or less".

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