What about Energy East?

Cesar Mills
May 31, 2018

The pipeline's expansion faced a tenuous future as lawsuits mounted from British Columbia and indigenous people.

'We will not stand down no matter who buys this ill-fated and exorbitantly priced pipeline'.

She also accused Trudeau's government of writing a "blank cheque" for the pipeline's construction costs, which Kinder Morgan has previously pegged at $7.4 billion.

The remaining 536 submitted permit applications are being reviewed.

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May, who is an MP in BC, tweeted that Kinder Morgan was "laughing all the way to the bank" and accused the government of subsidising fossil fuels.

All permits submitted must align with the 37 conditions outlined in the provincial environmental certificate, as well as the 157 conditions detailed in the National Energy Board's approval.

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau said the purchase would ensure that work begins in time for the summer construction season, and that it represents "a sound investment opportunity" for Canada.

Kean said the Canadian government would help search for an alternative buyer. The completed pipeline would transport almost 900,000 barrels of diluted bitumen a day, with the substance being controversial as little is known about its pollutant properties. It would provide direct access for Alberta oil to Asia, bringing in higher world prices and additional revenue for governments.

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To be clear: the new pipeline should be built or, more precisely, expanded.

"Why this was necessary is because commercial operations like Kinder Morgan were obviously not prepared to proceed with the project with the cloud of political uncertainty hanging over it which was caused by British Columbia", he said, later noting the federal government "does not suffer the same impediment" and won't be intimidated or deterred by B.C.

"This is a declaration of war against indigenous people because they're not recognizing our own sovereignty", says Kanahus Manuel, a Secwepemc midwife and mother of four. Finance Minister Bill Morneau believes Canada's authority to build the pipeline will be able to overcome any resistance, be it from protesters or the B.C. government. "And so here we are at the eleventh hour, they waited until Kinder Morgan was ready to walk away, and their answer is to throw billions of taxpayers dollars at this project".

That decision came as British Columbia Premier John Horgan was working on a court challenge to seek judicial guidance on whether provinces can restrict what flows through pipelines for environmental reasons. "I'm concerned there could be catastrophic consequences from a diluted bitumen spill, regardless of the owner of the pipeline", Horgan said.

'They criticized the Harper government's pipeline processes, they promised us science-based decision making, democratic processes-but then was happened?

Calgary-based oil investor Brett Wilson spoke about the Trans Mountain decision Wednesday on Gormley.

Alberta's oil industry has seen its attempts to have other pipeline projects built sunk by regulatory and political opposition, including cross-border projects such as Keystone XL, still stalled because of opposition in Nebraska and South Dakota.

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