Peter McCartney
Paul George, centre, holds signs during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion in Vancouver on Nov. 29. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the $6.8-billion project that will nearly triple the capacity of the pipeline that carries crude oil from near Edmonton to Burnaby to be loaded on tankers and shipped overseas. DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pipeline sales pitch has fallen flat in B.C. People are right to be skeptical when an oilsands champion comes to town and assures everyone that they have our best interests in mind.

There are a few things the Alberta leader and her friends in the fossil-fuel industry should understand about West Coast opposition to Kinder Morgan. On so many fronts it’s a non-starter.

Shawn McCarthy and Justine Hunter

The fragile victory by protesters at Standing Rock has galvanized indigenous communities north of the border, with some leaders now pledging to block the bitterly contested Trans Mountain pipeline. With his recent approval of that project, write Shawn McCarthy and Justine Hunter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s biggest challenge may be yet to come

Iron & Earth

Sometimes in this vast and complicated world, it's easy to feel a bit lost and hopeless. It can be hard to see progress or positives in the face of so much struggle. But I find if I focus things inward and think about the community with which I work to put renewable energy on the map, my mood changes. Drastically.

Chantal Hébert
B.C. Premier Christy Clark will be campaigning for re-election in the spring. If she supports Trudeau's move, it will be her provincial Liberals who will first test the post-announcement waters. She could be in for a choppy crossing, writes Chantal Hébert. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

[Editor:  pipeline politics!]

A betting person might reasonably wager that Justin Trudeau will not want to open another front in the pipeline wars between now and the 2019 election. And that probably makes Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, who could be facing an uphill re-election battle in less than two years, a collateral winner of this week's developments.

Laura Payton,

OTTAWA - Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr's assertion the police and military will deal with civil disobedience over pipeline projects was "stupid and clumsy," a British Columbia grand chief says.

Stewart Phillip, grand chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, says Carr's remarks Wednesday to an audience in Calgary were "stupid, stupid, stupid."

Crawford Kilian

Trudeau’s Orwellian pipeline approval ignores looming threat to our grandchildren.

Justin Trudeau’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion was a master class in Orwellian doublethink. On the one hand he claimed wanted a low-carbon, clean future “for our kids;” on the other, he proposed to finance that future by boosting carbon production.

Elizabeth McSheffrey
An Indigenous protester demonstrates outside the National Energy Board hearings for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project in Burnaby, B.C. on Jan. 19, 2016. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey.

The reaction is pouring in swiftly and relentlessly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's triple pipeline announcement this afternoon.


Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson expressed profound disappointment in the federal announcement, which included approval of Kinder Morgan's controversial Trans Mountain expansion proposal. He called it a "missed opportunity" in Canada's path towards a clean energy future.

Justine Hunter
A sailboat passes through the Strait of Juan de Fuca off Victoria. The strait would see a significant increase in oil tankers if Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is approved. CHAD HIPOLITO/FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL

The mayors of Victoria and Edmonton view the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion plans very differently – in ways the prime minister may not be able to reconcile.

Every month, five marine tankers laden with crude oil depart from Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, wending their way through the Salish Sea and rounding the southern tip of Vancouver Island to the open Pacific Ocean.

John Paul Tasker

[Editor's note: Line 3  is Enbridge's largest project ever with 1600 km of pipeline which would double the existing aging pipeline's capacity to 760,000 barrels a day!  Watch video below.]

$7.9B project would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to Kitimat, B.C.

The federal cabinet has delivered its decision on the Enbridge-backed Northern Gateway pipeline after years of delays and false starts. But it will be days before the public knows the fate of the controversial project.


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