Northern Gateway Rejected
Ottawa. Ont. – The federal government has rejected the Northern Gateway Pipelines project.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a news conference today that the proposed pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat was dismissed because it is “not in the public’s interest” and would have seen tankers “in a sensitive area” near the Great Bear Rainforest.
But the prime minister did approve the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline with 157 conditions and Enbridge’s Line 3 with 37 conditions.
Trudeau estimated the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain project “will create 15,000 new jobs during construction by twinning the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton and Burnaby.”
He continued: “It will also provide access to global markets and generate significant economic benefits, including $4.5 billion in federal and provincial government revenues.”
Trudeau also announced a tanker moratorium today on crude and persistent oil tankers along B.C.’s north coast. The decision was made following consultations with stakeholders including Indigenous groups and communities. The government will introduce legislation to implement the ban next spring.
The prime minister said Enbridge’s $4.8-billion Line 3 Replacement Project will create over $514 million in federal and provincial revenues and 7,000 new jobs during construction.