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Trans Mountain Pipeline

On June 18, 2019, less than 24 hours after declaring a climate emergency, the Canadian government approved the climate-killing Trans Mountain pipeline.

The project proposes to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, tripling its capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil per day, and expanding the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C. in order to move crude from the tar sands in Alberta to B.C.’s coastal shores for shipping in massive tankers.

The Trudeau government originally approved the pipeline expansion in November 2016 and then went on to purchase it from Kinder Morgan when the company threatened to abandon the project. The government agreed to spend $4.5 billion of public funds to buy the expansion project, and that cost is expected to increase by up to $10 billion more. In August 2018, a few short months after the government bought the pipeline, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the approval decision citing a significant lack of public consultation, particularly with affected First Nations.

This project threatens to unleash a massive tar sands spill that would threaten drinking water, salmon, coastal wildlife and communities. It is also entirely inconsistent with Canada’s commitments to reduce climate pollution under the Paris Agreement.

Opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline remains strong. Allowing the pipeline to proceed will make it impossible for us to meet our commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, threaten waterways and drinking water sources, and ignore Indigenous peoples’ right to say “no” to projects that threaten their land and way of life.

Read more about why we should stop the Trans Mountain pipeline.

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

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 ...
Council of Canadians calls on Canada Pension Plan to not invest in Trans Mountain pipeline

Council of Canadians calls on Canada Pension Plan to not invest in Trans Mountain pipeline

Houston-based Kinder Morgan is seeking to raise $1.75 billion by May 29 through an initial public offering (IPO) of ...
Kinder Morgan sells space & looks for investors for its $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline

Kinder Morgan sells space & looks for investors for its $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline

Vancouver-based Council of Canadians organizer AJ Klein at the mobilization against the Trans Mountain pipeline on Burnaby Mountain, November 2014. ...
Kinder Morgan to make its final investment decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline by June 30

Kinder Morgan to make its final investment decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline by June 30

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces his Liberal government's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline on November 29, 2016. The Board ...
UN official to call for study on Dakota Access Pipeline, should one on Trans Mountain be next?

UN official to call for study on Dakota Access Pipeline, should one on Trans Mountain be next?

UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz The Canadian Press reports, "A United Nations official who visited North Dakota in the wake ...
OTPP "not in talks" with Kinder Morgan, time now for the CPP to refuse to invest in Trans Mountain pipeline

OTPP “not in talks” with Kinder Morgan, time now for the CPP to refuse to invest in Trans Mountain pipeline

CPPIB president Mark Machin The Council of Canadians is opposed to pension funds financing Texas-based Kinder Morgan's proposed $6.8 billion ...
Chilliwack chapter at the 'Off the Aquifer' information session on the Trans Mountain pipeline

Chilliwack chapter at the ‘Off the Aquifer’ information session on the Trans Mountain pipeline

Larry Commodore, a Chilliwack chapter activist, former Soowahlie Chief, and community adviser to the WaterWealth Project, addresses the Off the ...
Kinder Morgan approaches pension funds to finance its $6.8 billion Trans Mountain pipeline

Kinder Morgan approaches pension funds to finance its $6.8 billion Trans Mountain pipeline

Vancouver-based Council of Canadians organizer AJ Klein at the mobilization against the Trans Mountain pipeline on Burnaby Mountain, November 2014. ...