Oil - Pipelines

Sandy Garossino
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gestures during an interview with National Observer's Sandy Garossino in Ottawa on Feb. 13, 2018. Screenshot from National Observer video

In a broad and sweeping interview with this writer on Feb. 13, a confident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came out swinging on behalf of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX). Pulling no punches, he took direct aim at both Saskatchewan’s former premier, Brad Wall, and B.C. Premier John Horgan.

Mark Jaccard


Mark Jaccard, professor at Simon Fraser University, has done energy-climate analysis for all of Canada's major political parties.

Alexander Shields
Photo: Facebook Federal Minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna, with Jim Sanders, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution (center), at the annual Ottawa Winterlude Enbridge Luncheon in early February
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 February 13, 2018​
Federal Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna participated earlier this month in a pancake breakfast sponsored by Enbridge, while wearing an apron with the logo of the company involved in the oil pipeline industry and the tar sands.

Jenny Uechi
File photo of oil tanker farm in Burnaby by the Canadian Press

The National Energy Board announced on Thursday that Kinder Morgan can begin construction of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at the Burnaby Mountain tunnel entrance. The construction work is subject to other federal, provincial and municipal permits.

The NEB's decision allows the Texas-based energy company to begin clearing and grading work at the entrance to the Burnaby Mountain tunnel on its Westridge Marine Terminal property to avoid potential impacts on migratory birds that might use the area later in the spring.

Atiya Jaffar -350.org


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said “if I thought there was a danger to the beautiful British Columbia coast, I would not have approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”  

The thing is, I live on this coast, and the community members, Indigenous leaders, and even politicians that surround me don’t share Trudeau’s level of certainty. In fact, we’ve seen many scientific reports indicating that Kinder Morgan would be devastating for the Pacific.  

Gordon Laxer

We’ve heard lots of good reasons to fix or end NAFTA, but the most important one has been ignored. It’s the energy proportionality clause, a rule like no other in the world. Under it, Canada must make available for export to the US three-quarters of its oil production and over half its natural gas. If left in place in NAFTA 2.0, the rule can single-handedly prevent Canada from achieving its Paris climate promises.

Shawn McCarthy

FEBRUARY 5, 2018

First Nations communities and their supporters are planning to ratchet up on-the-ground resistance to Kinder Morgan Inc.'s planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline with a call for a mass demonstration on Burnaby Mountain in March.

Members of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation – which is challenging the federal approval in court – is launching a campaign of volunteer recruitment and training Tuesday through a network of allied Indigenous communities and environmental groups.


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