National Energy Board approves Kinder Morgan project in BC with conditions

National Energy Board approves Kinder Morgan plan with conditions.

Tina House
APTN National News
The National Energy Board is giving its approval to the Kinder Morgan, $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline extension with 157 conditions.

The federal regulator has issued its long-awaited report on the project after a two-year debate that cost millions, galvanized Indigenous 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.

The positive recommendation has cleared a major hurdle for the project, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet set to make a final decision by the end of the year.

There was fierce opposition to the project and the process throughout the energy board’s hearing, with the British Columbia government and cities of Vancouver and Burnaby opposing the expansion.

More to come …