Following a Cabinet meeting on November 29th, the Government of Canada made two deplorable decisions regarding proposed pipeline projects in Canada, seriously undermining Canada's ability to reach its Paris Agreement commitment.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project (conditional upon Kinder Morgan meeting the National Energy Board’s conditions), the conditional approval for the expansion of Enbridge Line 3 and the dismissmal of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway application.
"We can therefore expect that Trans Mountain Expansion will suffer the same fate as the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and will never be built, due to expected legal challenges that today’s decision will trigger", stated Steven Guilbeault, director principal of Équiterre. The initial assessment of the Trans Mountain Expansion project by the National Energy Board (NEB) was filled with deficiencies, the least of which was a failure to assess the project’s contribution to Canada’s GHG emissions.
To read the full press release from Équiterre, click here.