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Timelines in fight vs TransMountain, Keystone XL, Line 3 and Line 10 pipelines

The Council of Canadians protesting the Kinder Morgan project at the Burnaby export terminal, May 2016.

Now that the Energy East pipeline has been defeated, the Council of Canadians is refocusing its efforts to stop the Kinder Morgan, Keystone XL, Line 3 and Line 10 pipelines. Our overall objective is to win a 100 per cent clean energy economy by 2050.

Added together, the Kinder Morgan pipeline (890,000 barrels per day), Keystone XL (830,000 bpd), Line 3 (760,000 bpd) and Line 10 (73,000 bpd) would represent a flow of 2.55 million barrels a day of carbon intensive heavy oil for a 40-50 year period.

All these pipelines mean a continued expansion of the tar sands, all cross waterways and sources of drinking water, and all cross Indigenous lands and territories without adequate consultation and consent. We believe the Trudeau government is not demonstrating “climate leadership” with its support of these projects.

Now the Canadian Press reports, “It’s more vital than ever that three other pipelines to oil export markets proceed as planned in the wake of TransCanada Corp. shelving its Energy East pipeline, says AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever. Lever says [that] the pipeline transportation system out of Western Canada will remain tight for years.”

Canada currently exports about 3.4 million barrels per day of oil to the United States. The article notes that RBC Capital Markets projects tar sands production to increase by 900,000 barrels per day in the next five years. It adds industry experts predict that production could reach 5 million barrels per day by 2030. And it notes that the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says Canada will exceed its current and projected pipeline capacity by 2030 with Energy East now shelved.

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain (Alberta, British Columbia)

Trudeau approved the Trans Mountain pipeline in November 2016. It is currently being challenged in a Federal Court of Appeal that runs to October 13. Kinder Morgan had intended to begin construction on the pipeline during the first week of September. The British Columbia government has stated that the company cannot begin construction on public lands, but it does have National Energy Board approval to work on private lands, including the Burnaby export terminal. Construction could begin on that terminal at any time. Kinder Morgan wants the pipeline to be in-service by late-2019.

TransCanada Keystone XL (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska)

Both the Trudeau government and Trump administration back the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada is currently seeking long-range commitments from oil producers and that will inform its review of the pipeline’s viability. The Nebraska Public Service Commission is expected to make a final decision by November 23 on whether to accept or reject a permit for the pipeline or mandate a rerouting of it. TransCanada says it will make its final investment decision in December.

Enbridge Line 3 (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Wisconsin, Minnesota)

The Trudeau government approved this pipeline in November 2016. Construction on the pipeline began this past summer in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Wisconsin, while the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will not make its final decision on the pipeline until April 30, 2018. Enbridge wants the pipeline to be operational by early-2019.

Enbridge Line 10 (Ontario, New York)

The National Energy Board approved 35-kilometres of this pipeline in southern Ontario this past January. Pipelines under 40 kilometres in length do not require Cabinet approval. In late-August, CATCH reported, “Thousands of trees are being cut down across rural Hamilton to make way for the controversial expansion of the Enbridge Line 10 oil export pipeline.” Enbridge expects the pipeline to be in service by 2018.

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