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In total, 1,186 provincial permits are required for the Trans Mountain expansion project, with many involving First Nations consultation.

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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.

Ameya Charnalia
Hannah Gelderman is an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton - a group that's at the forefront of anti-pipeline activism in Edmonton. Codie McLachlan for StarMetro

“It’s so rare for people outside the province of Alberta to see that there is opposition here,” said Emma Jackson, co-founder of Climate Justice Edmonton.

EDMONTON—Deep within oil country is a group of anti-pipeline activists who aren’t afraid to challenge Alberta’s reputation as an oil and gas bastion.

Simon Little
Demonstrators gather outside TD Tower in Vancouver to call for the bank to divest from Kinder Morgan.  Simon Little / Global News

“Don’t bank on it.”

That was the message from several hundred protesters, who gathered in front of Vancouver’s TD Tower Saturday in a bid to get the bank to divest from Kinder Morgan.

TD was one of six major Canadian financial institutions targeted by demonstrators, but was first in their crosshairs.

Kevin Taft
Photograph by Andrew S. Wright for National Observer of Alberta oilsands tailings ponds May 2014

A primary lesson in political communications is that there is room in the public mind for only one big political news story at a time, and whoever drives that one big story wins twice: their story sets the headlines, and stories they don’t like are pushed to the margins.

Robyn Allan
A May 2013 handout photo of Kinder Morgan's Anchor Loop Project in Jasper, part of the Trans Mountain pipeline. SUNMEDIA

Trans Mountain’s expansion was never commercially viable. It has needed unprecedented support from the get-go when in 2011 the National Energy Board (NEB) approved a $286-million special fee fought by Canadian oil producers. Chevron described it at the time as an “extraordinary precedent … If they (Kinder Morgan) need financing, then they should go to the market” and get it. 

Alastair Sharp
Chief Judy Wilson speaks to reporters about Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que. on May 2, 2018. Photo by Alex Tétreault

May 9th 2018

A Kinder Morgan shareholder vote for an annual environmental sustainability report indicates investor concern about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal, says an Indigenous leader who addressed the company's annual shareholder meeting in Houston on Wednesday.

Chief Judy Wilson was among a group of Canadian Indigenous leaders who reaffirmed their opposition to the Trans Mountain proposal at the meeting where shareholders passed two of three non-binding proposals calling for improved environmental reporting.

Clark Williams-Derry

"Maybe this is what has really caused the cancellation of non-essential spending!"


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