BC Liberal MPs bracing for constituents after Kinder Morgan pipeline approval


As I've said repeatedly, it is not worth the risk.

"It means we can get access to China and other Asia Pacific markets. Those resources help pay for health care, education, et cetera, et cetera", Ashton said. That hasn't changed yet and will be that way for X amount of time going forward. The transportation of this product has to be done safely. It will also provide access to global markets and generate significant direct economic benefits, including $4.5 billion in federal and provincial government revenues.

He hopes there is common ground to be found amid protests erupting in Vancouver after the federal announcement.

"British Columbians are counting on me to make sure those conditions are met".

This doesn't happen overnight.

The Vancouver Board of Trade is among the groups supporting the conditional approval, saying it will be good for the local economy.

Despite the government's approval of the line, opponents say they will continue to fight.

Since the federal government gave the $6.8 billion project the go-ahead, there has been silence so far from Premier Christy Clark.

"Those would be the two areas where there's still some work to do". He said the money will be spent over five years starting in 2017 and includes funding to create a marine-safety system, restore ocean ecosystems, and develop new methods and research to clean up oil spills.

BC Environment Minister Mary Polak said the province stands by its demand that five strict conditions be met before new pipeline construction be allowed, including a "world-leading" marine spill response regime. Successful receipt of all regulatory approvals is B.C.'s first condition. The project has been approved subject to 157 conditions.

"If politicians and Big Oil think they can push reckless tanker projects through our province despite First Nations and public opposition, we'll launch a citizens' initiative".

If that happens, Clark said her government will support the Kinder Morgan project.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley shake hands during a meeting on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Ottawa. I stressed the importance of him coming to our province to talk about why this is in the national interest. She says she will point out that Alberta is already acting on multiple fronts to reduce greenhouse gases, including capping emissions from the oilsands. Speaking with APTN, Stewart Phillip, grand chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, called Trudeau a "serial liar" and said that the approved constructions were just the latest in a series of broken promises from the prime minister.

"As we grow the economy, which we need to do, and then transition off fossil fuels, which is very important, we have to do it in a sustainable way", Sajjan said.

Across B.C.'s lower mainland and on Vancouver Island - less so in the provincial interior - Trudeau is now accused of betrayal, of putting fossil fuel exploitation before environmental protection. We have not been and will not be swayed by political arguments.

Asked if he was concerned that opposition for the project will grow from a regional base to a continental movement, much like what is occurring in North Dakota, Anderson said the company is aware that could well be the case.

There are already seven legal challenges before the Federal Court of Appeal on the project, and more are expected.

"I don't think I'd be sitting here today if I didn’t think we could continue on the path to building and executing on this project".