Pipeline protesters are getting clever with the Trans Mountain court injunction

Canada to Buy Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline in Bid to Save Project - Details

Canada to Buy Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline in Bid to Save Project - Details

And fundamentally, it does not change the project - they are still building a pipeline from A to Z, said Barrett, who is national program director at the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University.

Due to civil society protests that drew thousands of people to the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burrard Inlet for months and resulted in hundreds of arrests, Kinder Morgan in April suspended all "non-essential" spending on the pipeline expansion. Kinder Morgan feared the expansion could become Canada's Standing Rock.

"We are glad that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was not permanently cancelled today, but given Justin Trudeau's failure to take any action to end the death by delay tactics in British Columbia, we still have very serious concerns about the project proceeding", Kenney said in his statement.

He added the purchasing consortium should also include an established pipeline company such as TransCanada Corp. or Enbridge Inc.to look after operations.

Federal finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Tuesday Ottawa will spend $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain project from Kinder Morgan as well as its B.C. terminal.

Mayor Don Scott said earlier this week that he hoped the plan would get the pipeline built, but regretted the federal and Alberta government felt this was the best way to move forward.

First Nations and environmental groups assailed Trudeau for buying out the project.


"We still have no guarantee of this project proceeding", he said.

A public demonstration opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline buyout by the federal government saw people carrying signs protesting various issues, from the pipeline project itself to the Site C dam, along with whale-shaped placards supporting the diminishing orca populations on Thursday evening.

"It does not matter who owns the pipeline", said Horgan.

The deal will allow construction to resume on the expansion project and protect "thousands" of jobs in both British Columbia and Alberta, according to the Canadian government.

The International Union of Operating Engineers, which has provided labour for the majority of National Energy Board approved pipeline projects in the last 60 years, has argued Kinder Morgan's approach would be detrimental to the quality and safety of the pipeline project, which is already a controversial venture. The cost of pipeline bottlenecks continues to weigh on Canada's oil industry. "Our government is determined to defend British Columbia's interests within the rule of law and in the courts". The City has 30 days to appeal the ruling. That case is still pending before the court.

"People feel betrayed by this government and so opposition is growing and we're going to stop this pipeline", she said.

The federal government's record of making money on investments in energy megaprojects is spotty, but it has often succeeded in saving troubled projects that eventually are sold back to the private sector, said Doucet.

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