The federal government has announced its support for two pipeline projects in western Canada and dismissed the application for another, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway.
Kinder Morgan was successful in getting approval to expand the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from B.C. to Alberta. The other approved project, the expansion of Enbridge’s Line 3, would result in a 1,659-kilometre pipeline that would carry oil from a terminal near Hardisty, Alta., to Superior, Wis.
The 1,200-km Northern Gateway Pipeline plan was denied. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the project wasn’t in the “best interests” of the communities that would be affected by it.
Third, the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project is rejected. Simply put, it wasn’t in the best interests of affected communities.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 29, 2016
The National Energy Board and the former Harper government had previously given the green light to the Northern Gateway pipeline but the federal court overturned those approvals earlier this year, saying Ottawa failed to consult with local First Nations along the project’s route.
The pipeline has faced strong opposition from First Nations and environmental groups because it passes through B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest and would lead to an increase in tanker traffic. But supporters of the project, such as Natural Resources critic Mark Strahl, have said it is vital to Canada’s economy.
With files from Amy Judd, Global News