Will Horter

Are arguments for the pipeline expansion based on actual respect for legal procedure?

Jennifer Wells

Is it a screenplay or a PhD thesis?

Robyn Allan laughs after a nonstop hour during which the economist has elaborated on a previous hour-long conversation explaining why the Trans Mountain Expansion Project should be stopped in its tracks.

Rachel Gilmore
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks as a woman holds a novelty cheque made out to Kinder Morgan at a rally against the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline project, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the government to take the money it was planning to use to compensate Kinder Morgan investors in the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and instead invest in clean energy jobs.

Last week Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors if “unnecessary delays” cause costs to rise.

“What we should be doing instead is using that fossil fuel subsidy, using the proposed money … to invest in clean energy jobs for today and the future,” said Singh Tuesday.

Andrew Nikiforuk

The Trudeau federal government has made itself a pathetic hostage to a Texas-based pipeline company known for its cheapness and debt.

The economic sleeziness of the drama, which should upset most Canadians, has been largely ignored by the financial mainstream press.

But here’s the rub: Kinder Morgan doesn’t have the money it needs to twin a high-risk $7.4 billion pipeline, and has been looking for a way out for some time.


There is growing consensus that the world is going through an energy transition. Everybody has heard politicians or CEOs of large energy companies making that statement.

Briar Stewart
Those protesting included members from various environmental groups, such as Greenpeace USA, Protectors of the Salish Sea and 350 Seattle. (Briar Stewart/CBC)

'We are going to not allow Kinder Morgan to finish this pipeline,' says protester

More than 200 kilometres south of where the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is slated to end, environmental groups in the U.S. took to the water in Seattle on Sunday to add their voices to ongoing opposition to the project.

While the roughly 1,200-kilometre pipeline won't cross into the U.S., protesters are concerned about an increase in oil tanker traffic, which would depart from the terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and navigate across the Salish Sea.

Stewart Phillip and Tara Houska
The Grand Chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Stewart Phillip, gives a news conference with indigenous leaders and politicians opposed to the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline in Vancouver, Canada on April 16. 2018. Behind is William George, a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and a guardian at the watch house near Kinder Morgan Inc. Burnaby oil facility.Photo: Darryl Dyck, SUB / Associated Press

Shareholders at Kinder Morgan’s annual general meeting passed resolutions compelling the company to account for the risk that climate change poses to its business.

Robert Billyard

Rachel Carson is a voice from the past.

Sarah Beuhler

[Website editor: Note the interesting account of ENGO strategy re the Kinder Morgan pipeline detailed in this post to a US site.]

A confrontation is brewing on Canada’s west coast, and the stakes could not be higher.

Carl Meyer
Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduces Budget 2018 during a press conference in Ottawa on February 27, 2018. Photo by Alex Tétreault

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday he is prepared to protect the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion to the west coast against financial loss.

The Trudeau Liberals have been in discussions with Alberta as well as the proponent of Trans Mountain, Kinder Morgan, over an arrangement to use public money to back the pipeline.​ British Columbia NDP Premier John Horgan, however, has pledged to use all legal tools available to block its construction.


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