Canadian court approves Trans Mountain oil pipelineChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 5, 2020
In a unanimous decision yesterday, a Canadian court dismissed indigenous groups objections to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, paving the way for the project.
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It paves the way for the project that had seen four challenges issued to the pipeline by the First Nations of British Columbia, although the group has 60 days to appeal.
The First Nations argued the government did not properly consult with them about the project.
The pipeline will be twinned with the existing one, from the Oil Sands in Alberta to British Columbia on the Pacific Ocean coast where it can be shipped to markets.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the project is in the national interest. He demonstrated those words with action. When original owner Kinder Morgan began to back away due to numerous delays and controversy, the federal government bought the project for $CAN4.5 billion ($3.4 billion) and vowed it would be built.
It is expected to cost $CAN9.3 billion ($7 billion) in total, and the government said it will seek investors for the project. ■