Pipeline decision too close to chastise BC at western premiers meeting: Notley

​Senate passes bill calling for Ottawa to back Trans Mountain | Regulatory

​Senate passes bill calling for Ottawa to back Trans Mountain | Regulatory

As the clock ticks down until the May 31 deadline over the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, which will triple the amount of tar sands being transported from Alberta to the British Columbian coast, the campaign against its expansion is spreading overseas.

Morneau has already openly discussed the third option: Kinder Morgan going ahead with the project, with Ottawa covering any losses incurred.

The company suspended all non-essential construction on the project in April, citing opposition from the B.C. government that put the viability of the pipeline in question. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, last week, said he's confident the expansion of the pipeline will help Canadians secure higher prices for oil exports.

Since the government has declared the project to be in the national interest, it has financial tools available to it to buy into the project, similar to when the former government bailed out General Motors and Chrysler during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.

But there's ample indication of the New Democrats having darker designs on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

"We have granted permits at the same pace and with the same process as the previous [B.C.] government", he said Tuesday.

Notley said she could not comment on the status of negotiations with Kinder Morgan, other than saying they are getting closer to finding a way to move forward without delay by the pipeline company's deadline. The court challenge was filed about two weeks later.

Yesterday in Seattle, over 200 km south of where the pipeline hits the coast, hundreds of "kayactivists" took to the water to protest against the pipeline.

Horgan contends Canada has jurisdiction to build the pipeline but that he can regulate what flows into his province within the pipeline.

The B.C. NDP government does agree with the Alberta NDP government on one point - cutting off shipments of oil, natural gas and refined fuels would indeed serve to punish this province. Once the pipeline is built, the government would then try to sell it to new investors - putting Kinder Morgan out of the picture.

"Nothing's going to change, it's just going to be a different victim in this political game of tennis".

A woman living near the station said that a Kinder Morgan representative came by to tell her about the spill Sunday morning and told her that cleanup would likely take 10 days.

Export Development Canada will finance the purchase, which includes the pipeline, pumping stations and rights of way along the route between Edmonton and Vancouver, as well as the marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., where oil is loaded onto tankers for export.

"My time is better spent here". The proposal is to run the pipeline parallel to the existing one that runs between Edmonton and Burnaby to increase capacity nearly three fold.

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