The federal government announced approval of two pipeline projects today, rejection of another, and a moratorium on tankers in the along the BC northern coast. One of the two projects approved includes Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project which runs through Treaty 4 Territory.

Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project  is subject to 37 binding conditions that will address potential Indigenous, socio-economic and environmental impacts to ensure that the pipeline and facilities are built and operated safely. This $4.8-billion project will replace 1,067 kilometres of existing pipeline to enhance safety an integrity in the line from Hardisty, Alberta, to Gretna, Manitoba, and run through Treaty 4 Territory. The project will generate $514.7 million in federal and provincial government revenues and 7,000 new jobs during construction.

Also approved was Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project, subject to 157 binding conditions that will address potential Indigenous, socio-economic and environmental impacts, including project engineering, safety and emergency preparedness. This $6.8-billion project will create 15,000 new jobs during construction by twinning the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, Alberta, and Burnaby, British Columbia.

The Government directed the National Energy Board (NEB) to dismiss Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines Project application because it has determined that the project is not in the public interest, given that it would result in crude oil tankers transiting through the sensitive ecosystem of the Douglas Channel, which is part of the Great Bear Rainforest.

“It has become clear this project is not in the best interests of the local affected communities including Indigenous peoples. The Great Bear Rainforest is no place for a pipeline and the Douglas Channel is no place for oil tanker traffic,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The PM also stressed the Kinder Morgan pipeline project must address the potential impacts on Indigenous communities.

In making its decision to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and the Line 3 Replacement Project, the Government considered the NEB’s recommendation report, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions, the views of Canadians and enhanced consultations with Indigenous peoples. The report from the Ministerial Panel for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project was also considered. The outcomes of all of these processes are available to Canadians online.

The decision for the tanker moratorium affects an area from the Alaska–B.C. border down to the point on B.C.’s mainland adjacent to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and includes Haida Gwaii. The decision to prohibit tanker activity in this area was made after consulting with stakeholders including Indigenous groups and communities. The Government will introduce legislation to implement the moratorium by the spring of 2017.

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