Trans Mountain pipeline back in action after oil spill north of Kamloops

Trans Mountain pipeline back in action after oil spill north of Kamloops

From the NDP election platform: "The Kinder Morgan pipeline is not in B.C.'s interest ..."

The company behind the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Kinder Morgan, has stopped all non-essential spending on the expansion until it is assured the project can proceed without delay.

"We're not a one-issue province", Jen Holmwood said.

In the latest back-and-forth development between BC and Alberta over the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion, Alberta is being sued by the BC government after legislation was passed in Alberta last week that would give the province the ability to shut off its oil supply to BC.

If the project does eventually complete, the pipeline expansion will nearly double Canada's production capacity in the pacific oil markets from 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 590,000bpd.

Trudeau argues the project went through several approvals, including an expanded environmental approval process that did more consultation with Indigenous communities and looked at additional environmental risks, including the affect on emissions of producing more oil to flow through the pipeline.

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Also headed to the Hill this morning: The "grassroots" pipeline proponents behind Rally4Resources and Canada Action, who will join "similarly concerned groups" for what they're describing as a "pro energy rally" across the street from Parliament Hill to call on the government - and specifically, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - to offer more than "lip service" in support of the project.

In a statement, the communications department for the Trans Mountain project said it would not comment on consultations around the project until they are terminated or reached a "sufficiently definitive agreement on or before May 31 that satisfies the objectives that we discussed and or as may otherwise be required by applicable laws or stock exchange rules".

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. Investors would then be responsible for the pipeline's construction.

"My time is better spent here".

Plans to triple capacity along the existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby have pitted Alberta and the federal government against B.C.'s government since January.

Tim McMillan, president of the Canadian Association of Pipeline Producers, said what happens this week is "huge, not just for our industry or this pipeline, but I think for Canada".

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