Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Hundreds protest Kinder Morgan at double Burnaby-Whistler events

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Theresa Hayes | 05 June, 2018, 19:18

Killoran said an RCMP officer's affidavit outlines how protesters at the Burnaby work sites have taken advantage of the 10-minute warning period and slowed down the enforcement process, resulting in fewer arrests, more work for police, and no repercussions for protesters.

"We want to ensure that our membership and the pipeline trades are engaged in the project", Cochrane said.

Unfortunately, given that the federal government seemed reticent to exert its authority in the pipeline dispute, it isn't clear that it will ascribe these powers to its Crown corporation. The expansion would be a twinning of the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County near Edmonton in Alberta and Burnaby on the Pacific Coast in British Colombia.

According to Blaney, Canadians are wondering why Canada would be pumping oil to the States just to buy it back.

Trans Mountain runs from Alberta to British Columbia and the proposed expansion would be a twin line that would triple the system's carrying capacity to 890,000 bpd.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley also spoke with Trudeau on Tuesday, confirming her support for the pipeline expansion.

By buying the pipeline, the government of Canada has essentially agreed with Kinder Morgan - a private company could not build a fully authorized project in a timely and commercially effective manner.

BC's opposition had almost killed the project...and still might finish it off despite the gamble by the federal government to nationalize the pipeline system.

The project has been stalled since Kinder Morgan put a freeze on spending in light of continued fierce opposition from the BC NDP government and First Nations in the courts. "The outcome we have reached represents the best opportunity to complete TMEP and thereby realize the great national economic benefits promised by that project".

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government's nationalization of the Trans Mountain pipeline project sends the message that Canada is a safe place to invest.

"It does not matter who owns the pipeline", said Horgan. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first proposed to indemnify the project from risk, but ultimately chose to purchase it outright as the May 31 deadline neared. The company had said it needed clarity on a path forward for the project by May 31 or it would walk away from construction. The City has 30 days to appeal the ruling.

"Even if the federal government restarts work on the expansion, there's no guarantee that the political and legal conflict will end".

In British Columbia, opponents are also concerned about the potential a tanker spill could have on the province's coastline.

"Buying this leaky old pipeline is like going to a casino and gambling your children's education fund", she said. "We should be establishing conditions for the private sector to investment in the energy sector, not thinking the government can somehow replace that".