As you probably already know, the Federal Government announced its pipeline plan yesterday, November 29. Following is a press release, stripped of spin. If you want to read the full release, click here.
The Honourable Jim Carr, and Canada’s Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced these decisions:
- Trans Mountain Expansion Project: the Government has approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project, subject to 157 binding conditions that will address potential Indigenous, socio-economic and environmental impacts, including project engineering, safety and emergency preparedness. This $6.8-billion project will create 15,000 new jobs during construction by twinning the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, Alberta, and Burnaby, British Columbia. It will also provide access to global markets and generate significant direct economic benefits, including $4.5 billion in federal and provincial government revenues.
- Northern Gateway Pipelines Project: the Government has directed the National Energy Board (NEB) to dismiss Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines Project application. The Government has determined that the project is not in the public interest, given that it would result in crude oil tankers transiting through the sensitive ecosystem of the Douglas Channel, which is part of the Great Bear Rainforest.
- Tanker Moratorium: the Government has announced a moratorium on crude and persistent oil tankers along British Columbia’s north coast. This area spans the Alaska–B.C. border down to the point on B.C.’s mainland adjacent to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and includes Haida Gwaii. The Government made this decision following consultations with stakeholders including Indigenous groups and communities. The Government will introduce legislation to implement the moratorium by the spring of 2017.
- Line 3 Replacement Project: the Government has approved Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project, subject to 37 binding conditions that will address potential Indigenous, socio-economic and environmental impacts. This will ensure that the pipeline and facilities are built and operated in a manner that is safe for Canadians and the environment. This $4.8-billion project will replace 1,067 kilometres of existing pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Gretna, Manitoba, to enhance its safety and integrity. The project will generate significant economic benefits, including $514.7 million in federal and provincial government revenues and 7,000 new jobs during construction. It also provides a vital link to the North American refinery market for Canadian oil.
In making its decision to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and the Line 3 Replacement Project, the Government took into consideration a wide variety of information and data, including the NEB’s recommendation report, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions, the views of Canadians and enhanced consultations with Indigenous peoples. The report from the Ministerial Panel for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project was also considered. The outcomes of all of these processes are available to Canadians online.
- Backgrounder: Trans Mountain Expansion Project
- Backgrounder: Northern Gateway Pipelines Project
- Backgrounder: Tanker Moratorium on British Columbia’s North Coast
- Backgrounder: Line 3 Replacement Project
Further information on each of these four decisions is available at the Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Pipeline Projects page.
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