Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Anti-pipeline protesters re-group after feds buy Trans Mountain

Anti-pipeline protesters re-group after feds buy Trans Mountain

"So now when we're moving to this new phase where we're actually buying pipelines, that certainly isn't moving forward with any of the commitments that many Canadians want to see".

As a result, only a fraction of the people blocking work at the site have been arrested, but the RCMP is still spending about eight or nine hours attending each protest, he said. 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.

He argued all Canadians suffer, not just oil companies, since oil revenues pay for social programs like schools, hospitals, pensions and equalization payments.

This time the transaction, which is due to close in August, is aimed at applying federal control over the movement of crude bitumen across provincial borders to end a bitter legal and political feud between Alberta and British Columbia that has bogged down plans to triple capacity on Trans Mountain to 890,000 barrels per day.

He added the purchasing consortium should also include an established pipeline company such as TransCanada Corp. or Enbridge look after operations.

"If Kinder Morgan didn't think they could build or operate a pipeline in Canada, what other company will be prepared to step up?" he said.

He said federal ownership of Trans Mountain wont alter his governments action because the case is not specific to any one pipeline.

First Nations and environmental groups assailed Trudeau for buying out the project. "So, we may be able to get it back into the private sector in the shorter term if we're convinced we can meet that objective, or it might take a little longer to actually de-risk it", Morneau said.

The federal government has already stated it plans on selling the pipeline to private industry once market conditions improve, and that federal representatives will work with Kinder Morgan on finding a new buyer.

"It does not matter who owns the pipeline", said Horgan. The cost of pipeline bottlenecks continues to weigh on Canada's oil industry. "They were asking for certainty and a pathway to get the get the project built", Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said. "Our government is determined to defend British Columbia's interests within the rule of law and in the courts".

Protect the Inlet says, "The Trudeau's government purchase of the pipeline and tanker project "changes nothing" for those who are committed to do "whatever it takes" to protect the inlet, land, water and climate".

All of that made Kinder Morgan more than willing to walk away, putting intense pressure on the Canadian government to resolve the dispute.

Critics on both the right and the left have criticized the move, the right saying the government should not be using taxpayer money, with the left saying the project is futile and flies in the face of clean energy goals.

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