Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
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Five Things: the next steps for getting the Trans Mountain project done

Five Things: the next steps for getting the Trans Mountain project done

His topic du jour for the last six months, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous spoke once again about the Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline expansion while in Red Deer on Wednesday.

The mayor of Canadian town Saint John has asked the federal government to dust off the Energy East pipeline project, which TransCanada quit a year ago.

However, despite the project receiving some financial assurance, the B.C. government says Kinder Morgan has yet to even apply for hundreds of necessary permits.

The remaining 536 submitted permit applications are being reviewed. Steven J. Kean, the president of Kinder Morgan, called it a "great day for Canada, for our customers and for our employees".

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.

Scheer, who is also the MP for Regina-Qu'Appelle, continued to lash out against the federal government on Wednesday, saying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is "making taxpayers bail him out for his own failures" and that the Liberals in Ottawa have done "literally nothing" for nearly a full year to get Trans Mountain built.

Mackenzie MP Chris Warkentin as one of those unhappy with the federal government's purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. 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. They are led by British Columbia, which is trying to stop the pipeline development in the courts on environmental grounds.

"We are absolutely shocked and appalled that Canada is willingly investing taxpayers" money in such a highly controversial fossil fuel expansion project, ' said Grand Chief Stewart Philip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, in an emailed statement.


And now, the Canadian taxpayer is assuming responsibility for the pipeline with no assurances that the new pipeline expansion will actually be built or what the final price tag will be! "There's still 10,000 people who will get arrested if need be".

Indigenous activists are keeping a close eye on an oil spill near Barriere, B.C., days before Kinder Morgan's so-called deadline on its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion project.

Morneau says they worked hard to ensure that Canadians were getting a fair deal on the pipeline while Kinder Morgan was fairly compensated too.

Aboriginal groups and environmentalists who oppose the pipeline have also said they will continue to oppose it.

"The good news though is that I now know the owner and have his phone number and I can call him with my concerns", he told CBC on Tuesday.

The expanded pipeline will give Alberta, which lies inland, improved access to the ocean and markets in Asia leading to higher tax revenues for both, the province of Alberta and the Federal Government.

"Today's announcement by the federal government does not reduce the risk of a diluted bitumen spill and the impact that would have on B.C.'s economy and its environment", Horgan said.

Construction has begun on some of the modifications for the company's marine terminal in Burnaby, where Trans Mountain's oil is loaded onto tankers for export.

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