OTTAWA – After much speculation surrounding pipeline projects in Canada, Justin Trudeau announced the fate of 3 today.
First, he approved the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project. He then announced that the Line 3 project was also approved.
Perhaps the biggest decision today, he rejected the Northern Gateway project.
The Trans Mountain Expansion project will up oil production to 890,000 barrels a day.
The project is expected to cost $6.8-billion. The pipeline will move oil from Alberta to Burnaby.
The National Energy Board imposed 157 conditions on the project back in April. Something Trudeau stated must be met on Tuesday when he made the announcement.
Trudeau said he would have rejected the project if he found it to be harmful.
“If I thought this project was unsafe for the B.C. coast, I would reject it. This is a decision based on rigorous debate on science and evidence. We have not been, and will not be swayed by political arguments, be they local, regional or national.”
The Line 3 project was perhaps the one that was flying under the radar or not facing as much opposition as the other 2 projects.
The 1,659-kilometre project will carry oil from Alberta to the United States, specifically to Wisconsin.
The project has 89 conditions that must be met. The conditions were announced in April by the National Energy Board.
The project is expected to cost $7.5-billion.
Northern Gateway was one of the most controversial projects that Trudeau had to make a decision on.
After today when he announced that they would be rejecting the project, the decision was met with harsh criticism from interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose who says Trudeau has wiped numerous jobs, around 4,000, off the table. Ambrose also believes the Kinder Morgan Expansion project has a very little chance of actually being built.
Trudeau said during his press conference this afternoon that “The Great Bear Rainforest is no place for a pipeline and the Douglas Channel is no place for oil tanker traffic.”
The project would have cost $7.9-billion.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was also on hand in Ottawa to celebrate the decisions made by the federal government. Notley took the time to address concerns as well as give her view on what the pipelines will do for Canada as a whole.