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BC Okays Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion

/ 97.3 The Eagle

B-C has given its blessing to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Premier Christy Clark says all five conditions her government placed on the project have been met with a financial deal that will see Kinder Morgan Canada provide one-billion dollars to the province over the next 20 years for environmental protection. Clark’s announcement came after the provincial government granted environmental approval to the pipeline project. The federal government gave its approval for Kinder Morgan’s 6.8-billion-dollar pipeline expansion late last year after the National Energy Board recommended it go ahead. The expansion would triple the capacity of the pipeline, which runs from near Edmonton to Burnaby. The project still faces opposition from environmental groups, some B-C mayors and aboriginal leaders who have threatened legal action to block it. N-D-P Leader John Horgan says he plans to use every tool available to stop the pipeline expansion. Clark says her government has fought to protect B-C’s environment and communities, and ensure that the province benefits from the movement of heavy oil across the province.

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