Killoran said an RCMP officer's affidavit outlines how protesters at the Burnaby work sites have taken advantage of the 10-minute warning period and slowed down the enforcement process, resulting in fewer arrests, more work for police, and no repercussions for protesters. "People are not slowing down, we're going forward".
And so the federal government is going to build it, assume the risks with taxpayer money and somehow deal with the continuing protests, including the potential for violence and for citizen arrests. Pipeline capacity will increase from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of oil per day. He said he could not state exactly what additional costs will be incurred by the Canadian public to build the expansion, but suggested a toll paid by oil companies could offset some costs and that there would be a financial return on the investment.
Lawyers for Trans Mountain will be back in court today to ask a British Columbia judge to amend an injunction order limiting people from protesting within five metres of two work sites in Burnaby. Also, the 26 lenders that Kinder Morgan negotiated with agreed to exempt the pipeline company from penalties on loans if the project was delayed or obstructed because of political problems.
The club notes the future of this pipeline and tankers project is not exclusively up to the federal government: the rights of First Nations have been recognized by the Canadian courts, the Canadian constitution and the United Nations. "Only Liberals would try to force through a pipeline and tankers through traditional First Nations territory and call that reconciliation", Cullen said, adding, "Watch he's about to say the environment and economy go together".
However, no other sections of the project have met conditions to proceed, said the NEB.
Kinder Morgan also said it would work with the Canadian government to seek a third-party buyer for the system and expansion through 22 July.
"It does not matter who owns the pipeline", said Horgan. However, Sohi would not say if the government has a date in mind for when the project will be sold to the private sector. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first proposed to indemnify the project from risk, but ultimately made a decision to purchase it outright as the May 31 deadline neared. "Our government is determined to defend British Columbia's interests within the rule of law and in the courts".
Kinder Morgan was forced to abandon the tar sands pipeline project after facing escalating opposition from Indigenous Nations and leaders, as well as thousands of British Columbians who have pledged to engage in civil disobedience to stop the pipeline. "This kind of project belongs in the private sector, and it should never have left it".