Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government approved the C$9.3 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that will link Alberta’s oil sands to a port near Vancouver, British Columbia.
The pipeline was purchased by the government from Kinder Morgan a year ago to ensure its expansion. The pipeline project has set Canadian provinces against each other, opened rifts among its Indigenous communities and prompted major protests.
The project is a critical component of Mr. Trudeau’s longstanding position that Canada needs to maintain a strong energy industry to support its efforts to mitigate climate change.
The oil industry in Canada has increasingly turned to trains to ship its products from the oil sands, due to the pipeline bottlenecks. This method of shipment is both costly and potentially dangerous because of the risk of derailments. Due to the transportation issues, the oil industry in Alberta was forced to sell its product at a discount.