NEB Approves of Trans-Mountain Pipeline Extension

The National Energy Board has recommended that the federal government approve the contentious $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with 157 conditions.

The federal regulator issued its long-awaited report Thursday on the project after a two-year debate that cost millions, galvanized aboriginal and environmental protests and prompted mass arrests.

A three-member review panel recommended Ottawa approve Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposal to triple the capacity of the pipeline, which carries crude from oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.

But Kinder Morgan will first have to address 157 engineering, safety, environmental and emergency preparedness conditions, including holding $1.1 billion in liability coverage and detailing its plans to reduce and offset emissions.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Kinder Morgan should immediately announce plans to build a couple of OTS nuclear reactors in order to offset the emissions.

    As usual, the process is so excessively long that it’s unlikely that anything gets built at a reasonable cost.

  • WalterBannon

    It would be cheaper and faster for Kinder Morgan to just hire Blackwater to conduct a military coup and depose Trudeau!!

  • Alain

    So just what would be the “emissions” from crud running through a pipeline? What a load of crap.

    • Ford Prefect

      The is a fancy word for it is Vigorish. One of the meanings is what interest loan sharks charge. Extortion works to, well as plain old theft.

    • Exile1981

      Technically the pumps use electricity so that means a powerplant somewhere.

  • Ford Prefect

    Years to okay a pipeline that is going to run beside a pipeline that is already there. Swell.