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.

Darrell Stonehouse

[Website editor's note: What is notable in this article by an industry 'insider' is the prediction of approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline but with conditions that will delay it for many years.]

Anti-pipeline activists are starting to lose their common sense.

In early October, a group calling itself Climate Direct Action shut valves on five pipelines carrying crude from Canada into the U.S. market, risking a major rupture to make a point.

Peter O'Neil

[Webpage editor's note: Sharing energy infastructure for greater efficiency of supply is good, but not as part of expanding environmentally-destructive projects (like Site C) in order to power other environmentally destructive projects (like the tar sands).]


Nov 5, 2016 - The Trudeau government has sent a “quite positive” signal that it is prepared to help finance a new transmission link to ship clean B.C. hydroelectric power to Alberta, according to provincial energy minister Bill Bennett.

West Coat Environmental Law

For Immediate Release - November 3, 2016


Ministerial Panel report raises serious questions about Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project


VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – A report released today by the Ministerial Panel that conducted recent public meetings on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker proposal must lead to a rejection by Federal Cabinet, say environmental lawyers.


Claudia Cattaneo

[Wepage editor's note: A law to INCREASE emissions from 66 to 100 megatons is not a cap, it is legalized climate vandalism.]


Nov 1, 2016 - Alberta’s NDP government moved to put into law Tuesday the costliest aspect of its climate leadership plan – a 100 megatonne-a-year cap on emissions from the oilsands.

The hope is the hard cap that will strand some of the resource will win federal permits for pipelines and Alberta recognition for sacrificing its most valuable asset.


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