Government Approves Two Pipelines

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CBJ — Ottawa has given the go-ahead to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3, but the government has rejected Northern Gateway.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says production from Alberta’s oilsands is increasing, and current pipeline infrastructure will soon be at capacity.

“The decision we took today is the one that is in the best interests of Canada,” Trudeau said in announcing his government’s support for the two major projects. “It is a major win for Canadian workers, for Canadian families and the Canadian economy, now and into the future.”

Trudeau went on to say Canada is still a “climate leader,” and pointed to Alberta’s plan to cap greenhouse gas emissions from the oil patch at 100 megatonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a year.

Trudeau knows that a segment of the population won’t agree with the approvals. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was one of the first to denounce the decision saying she would e “willing to said she would be “willing to go to jail” to stop Trans Mountain’s construction.