Liberals approve Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipeline projects, reject Northern Gateway.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is approving Kinder Morgan’s proposal to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. a $6.8-billion project that has sparked protests by climate change activists from coast to coast.

Trudeau is also effectively killing the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline across northern British Columbia, but giving a green light to Enbridge’s lesser-known $7.5-billion Line 3 pipeline expansion from Alberta to Wisconsin.

“We are convinced it is in the best interests of Canadians,”

Trudeau said of the decision.

“We’ve heard clearly from Canadians that they don’t want to see someone trying to make a choice between what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy. They need to go together, and the decisions we’ve made today and leading up to today are entirely consistent with that.”

The decision to close the book on Northern Gateway came as a surprise to no one. But Trudeau added a corollary: a moratorium on crude oil tanker shipping on B.C.’s north coast, something the Liberals promised in the 2015 election campaign.

“Very shortly we’ll introduce legislation to make this tanker moratorium the law,”

Trudeau said.

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29th November 2016 | Article by: Bruce Cheadle | The Canadian Press
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