January 16th, 2017

B.C. premier says five conditions met on Trans Mountain pipeline

By The Canadian Press on January 11, 2017.

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project's Westeridge loading dock, at bottom with green tanks, is seen in Burnaby, B.C., on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. British Columbia has granted environmental approval to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.The decision checks off another of the five conditions that Premier Christy Clark placed on the pipeline's approval.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark says British Columbia’s five conditions for approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline have been met.

Clark says one of the final conditions that was met will see Kinder Morgan Canada provide $1 billion to the province over the next 20 years to fund environmental protection projects.

Clark’s announcement comes after the provincial government granted environmental approval to the expansion of the pipeline earlier today.

The federal government gave its approval for Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion expansion of the pipeline late last year after the National Energy Board recommended it go ahead if 157 conditions are met.

The expansion would triple the capacity of the existing pipeline, which runs from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., and is expected to increase tanker traffic seven-fold.

B.C.’s conditions included world-leading oil spill response and prevention, First Nations participation in the project, a fair share of its economic benefits for the province, and successful environmental reviews.

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